To mark the 50th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education (officially, Oliver L. Brown et.al. v. the Board of Education of Topeka (KS) et.al.), NPR's Tavis Smiley broadcasts live from the Turpin Lamb Theater on the campus of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md. Joining NPR's Tavis Smiley and a live audience is a distinguished panel of guests that include: The Hon. Louis H. Pollak, a member of the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund team of attorneys who joined Thurgood Marshall on the cases combined under the Brown v. Board umbrella. He's now a U.S. District Court judge in Philadelphia; Hillary Shelton, head of the NAACP's Washington, D.C., bureau, which serves as the group's legislative office: Alvin Thornton, an associate provost and associate professor of political science at Howard University, Justice Thurgood Marshall's alma mater; Sheryll Cashin, professor of law at Georgetown University, a former clerk for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and the author of a new book, The Failures of Integration: How Race and Class are Undermining the American Dream; Marisa Demeo, the regional counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).
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