It was 64 years ago today when the Brown v. Board of Education decision was handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court, ending racial segregation in schools. Today, a new mural commemorating the historic case was unveiled at the Kansas capitol.
A reminder of the past, now painted on the wall outside the old Kansas Supreme Court room.
"It serves as a constant reminder to us that we stand on the shoulders of all of those depicted in the mural that struggled to make this happen,” says Julie Robinson.
A struggle that would help to end racial segregation in public schools across the country.
"It took protests to make sure students had access to public education without barriers of race,” says Cheryl Brown Henderson.
Cheryl Brown Henderson's parents were among the original plaintiffs in the Brown V. Board of Education case that called for the Topeka district to reverse its policy of segregating elementary schools by race.
"We have the responsibility as the named family to make sure we acknowledge the work, the people, the sacrifice to make this possible,” says Henderson
Michael Young is the artist.
"I'd like them to see the story from left to right about the skirmish and protesters against integration,” says Michael Young.
His 22 foot wide mural captures the atmosphere of the polarized time.
"In the center I wanted to have the integrated class, a teacher reading to an integrated class of students,” says Young.
"It's personal to so many people,” says State Sen. David Haley.
For Senator David Haley.
"My father, George Haley was one of the attorneys who worked proudly on the case,” says Sen. Haley.
He hopes the mural will help others to understand
"That inclusion is the American tapestry,” says Sen. Haley.
The fight to get a fair education.
"What we stand for is the opportunity for all,” says Sen. Haley.
The mural cost more than $100 thousand dollars however, public money was not used.