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Jan. 6, 2004

ADVISORY
Brown sisters available for media interviews Jan. 12

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The sisters whose father was the lead plaintiff in the historic Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case—which desegregated the nation's public schools 50 years ago—will be available for media interviews shortly before their campus address Jan. 12 at the University of Michigan.

The famous landmark unanimous desegregation case, whose legacy has impacted numerous access-to-public education cases including U-M's own 2003 affirmative action ruling, is being celebrated throughout winter term with a series of events and a Brown v. Board of Education theme semester. Responding to media inquiries, the Brown sisters have agreed to speak with reporters prior to their 6 p.m. address.

A half century ago, Linda Brown was a Topeka, Kansas girl forced to walk seven blocks and then ride a bus five miles to school each day because she was barred from attending an all-white public school four blocks from her home. Linda Brown Thompson and her sister, Cheryl Brown Henderson, will address a University audience at 6 p.m. and will be available for media interviews beginning at 4 p.m.

Both events are at U-M's Rackham Auditorium, 915 East Washington. For more information on Brown v. Board of Education-related events, visit: http://www.umich.edu/brown50

Contact: Joe Serwach
Phone: (734) 647-1844
Email: jserwach@umich.edu