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Sept. 23, 2003

Ogletree To Discuss Brown V. Board Of Ed, 50 Years Later

Harvard law professor and civil rights advocate Charles Ogletree will review U.S. civil rights in the first half century after the Brown v. Board of Education decision when he delivers the 2003 John F. Murray Distinguished Lecture at the University of Iowa College of Law.

Ogletree's lecture, "Reflections on Brown v. Board of Education at 50: Gains and Losses", begins at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2 in the Levitt Auditorium in the Boyd Law Building. Admission is free and open to the public.

Next year marks the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision that deemed legal racial segregation in public education to be unconstitutional. The case was the first in a series of court decisions and federal laws that ended legal racial segregation in the United States.

Ogletree is the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1984. Ogletree is also a leader in the reparations movement that believes financial payments are needed for African-Americans because slavery and discriminatory Jim Crow laws allowed whites to take advantage of black labor for hundreds of years. Reparations advocates say that injustice has created a racial schism that has prevented African-Americans from achieving full equality in American society.

The Murray Lecture series began in 1952 and is the oldest of the lecture series presented by the College of Law. The series was established through gifts to the UI in honor of John F. Murray, a native of Iowa and founder of the American Home Products Co., by his wife, Bessie Dutton Murray. Past speakers in the series include such luminaries as U.S. Supreme Court justices William O. Douglas and Harry Blackmun, Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, Ronald Dworkin, internationally renowned jurisprudence scholar, and Stanley Fish, academic theorist and leading postmodern thinker.

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