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Office for Civil Rights Annual Report to Congress FY 2003
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Brown v. Board of Education 50th Anniversary Commission

President Bush signed legislation on September 18, 2001, establishing a Commission to encourage and coordinate activities to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education declaring racially segregated schools unconstitutional. The Commission has been disseminating information about the Brown decision through lectures, town hall meetings, writing contests, and public service announcements. OCR is responsible for organizing and managing the Commission. Among other events, the Commission met in Washington, D.C., in May 2003 where the centerpiece was a panel discussion in which some of the original plaintiffs discussed their experiences during and after the litigation.

"As we honor this important anniversary, I encourage all Americans to continue the march to equality and opportunity for all."

President George W. Bush
August 28, 2003, Presidential Message
on the 40th Anniversary of
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s
"I Have a Dream" Speech


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