Flint Hills Writing Project Partnership with the National Park Service

A three day workshop will be held at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site and surrounding community.

"The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education (1954) is one of the most pivotal opinions ever rendered by that body. This landmark decision highlights the U.S. Supreme Court’s role in affecting changes in national and social policy. Often when people think of the case, they remember a little girl whose parents sued so that she could attend an all-white school in her neighborhood. In reality, the story of Brown v. Board of Education is far more complex."

It is this complexity that will be the focus of the two-day experience for educators. One of the fundamental values of Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site is to share the impact the landmark Supreme Court case had on civil rights in America. The term civil rights is one that resonates today and frequently finds its way into our social discourse. We see the broad emphasis of connecting modern day concerns of civil rights to that of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case as a timeless local initiative to be utilized with annual themes. To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the historic Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka Supreme Court case, we intend to work from the theme, "An Unfinished Agenda."

NWP Write Out is a free two-week event organized as a series of online activities where educators, students, and the public are invited to explore national parks and other public spaces to connect and learn through place-based writing and sharing. Write Out is in its third year and is sponsored by the National Writing Project and the National Park Service. This year's theme is Stories Around the Campfire which connects to the National Park Service theme for October.