Location: Board Room
Esther Swirk Brown, a crusader in education, committed her life to protect the rights of a race of people ousted from the rest of society. Esther, married to Paul Brown, were residents of Leawood, Kansas and fought bigotry and threats to ensure all African American children in Northeast Johnson County and Kansas could attend the same schools as Whites. The case went to the United States Supreme Court in 1954. The Justices struck down the practice of separate but equal educational facilities for the races. The story of Esther Brown will be told by Marlene Katz, storyteller, who had the privilege of speaking to Paul Brown, her husband, and writing her story in the booklet Peeks from the Past, Congregation B’nai Jehudah.
Pre-register with the Heritage Center at (913) 327-8044.