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MLK Day plans include daughter of civil rights leader

January 9, 2018

Cheryl Brown Henderson Cheryl Brown Henderson

CHADRON – Chadron State College plans for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday will include a Q&A session and lecture by Cheryl Brown Henderson, daughter of the late civil right leader Rev. Oliver L. Brown. Brown was part of Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, according to Dr. Dave Nesheim co-adviser of the CSC Social Science Club.


Henderson will answer audience members’ questions in the Chicoine Center following a community walk. The annual walk will start at the corner of Third and Main Streets at 1:30 p.m., proceed south on Main Street, turn east on Sixth Street to the Chadron Middle School where students from the Chadron Public Schools will join the procession to the CSC campus and the Chicoine Center.

The Cardinal Singers will also perform at the 2 p.m. ceremony.

Henderson is an experienced political advocate who has been invited to the White House seven times as a member of the Children of Civil Rights Movement organization. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from Emporia State University.

The following schedule of events, co-sponsored by the Social Science Club, the CSC Diversity Committee, and Residence Life Association, will be in the CSC Student Center Ballroom.

9-9:50 a.m.: “Backlash to Brown v. Board: Senator John Stennis and the Destruction of Public Schools,” featuring Nesheim.

10 a.m.-10:50 a.m.: “Reflections on 'Letter from Birmingham Jail',” featuring CSC faculty members Mary Clai Jones and Dr. Elisabeth Ellington.

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: A screening of a documentary, “Sixty years after the Little Rock Nine faced violent resistance when desegregating Central High in Arkansas, America’s schools continue to represent the key battleground of the Civil Rights Movement.”

3-3:50 p.m.: “Indigenous Education and Civil Rights: Mexico, South Africa, and the United States,” featuring CSC faculty members Dr. Robert Knight, Dr. Thomas Smith, and Dr. David Christensen.

6-7:30 p.m.: Henderson’s lecture, “Brown v. Board of Education: Voices of the Legacy.”

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