University to Mark 50th Anniversary Landmark Civil Rights Decision

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The Supreme Court decision in 1953 held that separate education for blacks and whites was unconstitutional.

Officials at the university's Urbana-Champaign campus say events beginning this fall will examine the legacy of the decision and look ahead to new legal issues relating to equal rights for minorities.

Planned activities include lectures and symposiums and a series of prominent speakers.

A book series is planned in which authors of books about race and identity will discuss their work, and a conference is planned next spring to look closely at segregation issues.