Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Monday, April 26, 2004


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San Francisco Panel Discussion of Landmark Ruling on School Segregation to Be Beamed to Local Courthouses


By a MetNews Staff Writer


A panel discussion in San Francisco of Brown v. Board of Education will be carried live by satellite to 200 courthouse locations around the state tomorrow, including 20 in Los Angeles County

Sponsored by the Judicial Council of California as part of a series of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the May 17, 1954 ruling, the discussion will take place from 9 to 10 a.m.  

It will be broadcast over a court satellite network primarily used for training programs and will be available for viewing by judicial officers and court employees at this district’s Court of Appeal, the downtown Stanley Mosk Courthouse, and 18 other courthouses in Los Angeles County. 

Discussing the impact of the ruling, how effectively its mandate to desegregate schools has been carried out, and what remains to be accomplished will be USC law professor Jody Armour, author and journalist Meredith Maran, UC Santa Barbara education professor and researcher John Yun, and Sheila Sims, a retired teacher from the Oakland Unified School District who is an expert in reading instruction and coaching other teachers who herself attended segregated schools. 

The program will be rebroadcast several times during the day tomorrow. 

The other Los Angeles Superior Court facilities at which the broadcast will be available are Alhambra, Burbank, the Children’s Court in Monterey Park, Compton, the downtown Metropolitan Court, the downtown Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center, Downey, Eastlake Juvenile Court, East Los Angeles, Long Beach, the Mental Health Department on San Fernando Road, El Monte, Santa Clarita, Santa Monica, San Fernando, Torrance, the civil courthouse in Van Nuys, and the Michael D. Antonovich Antelope Valley Courthouse in Lancaster. 

At the Court of Appeal, located in the Ronald Reagan State Building, the broadcast will be piped into a training room. At other court locations the broadcast will be viewed in training rooms, conference rooms, judges’ lounges, or law libraries. 

The Judicial Council will also sponsor a Brown symposium in Sacramento on May 17. 


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