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65th Anniversary of Brown v Board of Education

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 24 Iyar 5779

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

To acknowledge the 65th Anniversary of the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision, Houston Public Library and co-sponsor Congregation Emanu El will host an evening of reflection and dialogue as a diverse group of experts shares how we as a community can engage in the future of urban public education.

As Houstonians, this conversation comprises a critical component of the way we live, learn and work together in a pluralistic society. This gathering will take place at Congregation Emanu El.

The evening will begin with a keynote address by Dr. Sharon Washington, a cultural anthropologist and CEO/Executive Director of Temenos CDC. Washington has spent the past two decades working as an applied anthropologist in community and organizational development. She is the author of The Educational Contract, which is the culmination of a multi-year participant observation study on public education. Washington co-founded a public school for 7th and 8th graders on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City, and has worked in education research, policy, program design, and teacher preparation in various parts of the world, including the United States, South Africa, Mexico, and Cuba. In her current position as CEO of Temenos, Sharon has expanded her research to include explorations on connection, community, and failure. Sharon has lectured at New School University and the University of Houston; and she has worked as a journalist with her writings appearing in the Dallas Times Herald, the Akron Beacon Journal, and New York Newsday.

Following her remarks, a panel emceed by Laurence Payne of Houston Public Library will feature a group of distinguished partners in education that will discuss what urban public education looks like today, 65 years after the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision. This group includes civil rights attorney and Story Square Inc. President Fran-Victoria Stephens; Dr. David Abraham, research scientist from Rice University’s Weiss School of Natural Sciences; Stephen Scarborough, Manager of Strategic Initiative at the Center for Houston’s Future; Mandi Sheridan Kimball, Director of Public Policy & Governmental Affairs at Children at Risk; and Gregory Gomez, Program Director of Leadership ISD – Harris County. There will be a chance to ask questions to the panelists and speaker before Houston Chronicle business columnist Chris Tomlinson closes the evening with his reflections. This event is free and open to the community.

To help the host committee make preparations, guests are asked to register in advance of the program online (below) or by calling Emanu El at 713.529.5771. For more information, please contact Jason Plotkin at 713.535.6414 or


Co-hosts for the event include the American Leadership Forum, the Center for Houston’s Future, Children at Risk, the Houston Area Urban League, the Houston Chronicle, Leadership ISD Harris County, the National Hispanic Professional Organization – Houston, Texas Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, the University of St. Thomas and Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church.


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