To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education, the Iowa City Department of Equity and Human Rights is presenting Inclusive Teaching Awards at 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 28, 2019 in the Iowa City Public Library's Meeting Room A.

Students at each area high school were asked to nominate teachers whom they felt embodied inclusive teaching characteristics.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Cheryl Brown Henderson, daughter of named plaintiff Rev. Oliver Brown. Dr. Brown Henderson will provide personal reflections on her family’s experience, the Brown case, and educational policy. She is the Founding President of The Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research, and owner of Brown & Associates, an educational consulting firm. She has an extensive background in education, business and civic leadership.

In the Brown case, the Supreme Court overturned the “separate but equal” justification for racial segregation in public facilities that had been in place since 1896. 

Join us to hear Dr. Brown Henderson and recognize local high school teachers for expanding upon the legacy of Brown by truly recognizing the worth of every child in their classes. A reception with light refreshments will follow, as well as a viewing of the exhibit “In Pursuit of Freedom and Equality: Kansas and the African American Public School Experience, 1855-1955,” developed by the Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research.

The teachers who will receive awards are:

  • Travis Henderson, West High School
  • Tony Balcaen, City High School
  • Lisa Petrie, Elizabeth Tate High School
  • John Demory, Regina Catholic Education Center

This event would not have been possible without the generous support of Platinum Sponsor the University of Iowa College of Education, Silver Sponsors the UI College of Law and UI Student Legal Services, and Bronze sponsors the UI Center for Human Rights, UICCU, and the UNESCO City of Literature. 

Date of publication

Monday, June 17, 2019