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Cheryl Brown Henderson  

Founding President of the Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence & Research

Cheryl Brown Henderson is one of the three children of the late Rev. Oliver L. Brown namesake of Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka (KS). She is Founding President of The Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research established in 1988, and owner of Brown & Associates educational consulting firm which she established in 1984. She has a background in educational administration, business, civic leadership, public policy and federal legislative development and has served on and chaired various local, state and national Boards. She holds a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, Minor in Mathematics from Baker University, a Master’s in Guidance and Counseling from Emporia State University, an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Washburn University and an Honorary Doctorate of Education from the University of South Florida. She is the recipient of numerous awards and recognition for work in education and community service and has lectured at numerous conferences, conventions and universities. She was twice named Kansan of the Year. Her published work includes academic journals, newspaper opinion editorials, anthologies and curriculum on Brown v. Board of Education. She has also written for The Encyclopedia of the Great Plains. Under her leadership the Brown Foundation developed a traveling exhibit about Brown v. Board of Education, awarded over 100 college scholarship to prospective teachers, opened four children’s libraries for children in low income communities, worked with Congress to establish an historic site to preserve the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education and to pass legislation in 2004 that authorized a Brown v. Board 50th Anniversary Presidential Commission.

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Brown v. The Board of Education: The Legacy Continues

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