Graphic: Masthead for Brown v. Board at 65 Banquet.

Commemorating the 65th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

You are cordially
invited to our banquet

Friday, May 17, 2019 | 7 p.m.
Social Hour with Cash Bar | 6 p.m.

Memorial Union, Washburn Rooms A & B
Washburn University
1820 SW Jewell Avenue, Topeka, Kansas 66621
( map )
Parking is available west of Memorial Union.
See also "Parking Information" in the sidebar.

RSVP by May 8, 2019
Business Attire

Featured Remarks by Shannon LaNier

Photograph: Shannon LaNier.Shannon LaNier is a 9th generation direct descendant of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, an enslaved woman. He is co-author of the book Jefferson's Children: The Story of One American Family, along with photojournalist Jane Feldman. The book follows his journey to uncover the history behind his heritage.

Shannon co-anchors CW39's "Morning Dose" in Houston. Previously, he hosted "Arise Entertainment 360," a daily culture and entertainment series that aired on BET's sister station, Centric.

2019 Award Receipients

Photograph: Anthony Hensley.Senator Anthony Hensley
Washburn University Class of 1975
Sponsored legislation for the
Brown v. Board of Education Mural
at the Kansas Capitol Building

Photograph: Michael Young.Michael Young
Artist, Brown v. Board of Education Mural
at the Kansas Capitol Building

Read more about the mural in the Kansas City Star.
Graphic: Brown v. Board of Education mural at the Kansas State Capitol.

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To RSVP for dinner
please contact
Washburn Law Alumni Relations at
(785) 670-1011 or

Graphic: Logos for the Brown Foundation and Washburn University School of Law.

Cosponsored by
The Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence, and Research
The Washburn University School of Law Diversity Committee

Graphic: Cover of the book Jefferson's Children: The Story of One American Family.

Jefferson's Children:
The Story of One American Family
Shannon LaNier
Jane Feldman

Random House Books for Young Readers, 2002

Read more at publisher's website.

Parking Information

See map of Washburn campus. Note that parking lot 10 is closed for repairs.

Parking: Use Lots E or 11. Access both lots from 17th Street and Plass Avenue. Lot E is located east of the law school. Lot 11 is located at the corner of 17th and MacVicar Avenue. If you do not have mobility issues please use Lot 11 and save spaces in Lot E for those that need parking closer to the event.

Locating the Memorial Union: The Union is located to the southeast of both parking lots. There is a sidewalk on the south side of Lot E that will lead you past the Living Learning Center and into the west doors of the Union. From those doors, there will be signs directing you to Washburn A & B.

Guest Drop-Off: If you plan to drop off members of your party near the door, please take Jewell Avenue off of 17th Street. There is a circle drive located directly outside the Union and signs will direct you to Washburn A & B.