- NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund president calls for change in how we remember Brown
- Landmark decision should be an opportunity to talk about how segregation harms white children, she says
Sherrilyn Ifill is the President & Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc., the organization that litigated Brown v. Board of Education. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.
(CNN)May 17 marks the 62nd anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education. And every year when we commemorate this groundbreaking litigation, we unwittingly reinforce a narrow understanding of the evil that the parents and lawyers in Brown opposed. That is because much of what we understand about Brown, what we teach and learn about Brown, is focused tightly on the decision itself, not the issue of integration overall.