College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University

Brown@60 Anniversary Event Comes to Mason on April 28

April 7, 2014

Join us at Mason Hall on Monday, April 28 at 6:00 pm for a film screening and symposium on the 60th Anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision.

All are welcome to attend the event, which features the film "Stolen Education" followed by a lively discussion with the filmmaker and a panel of esteemed experts about the relevancy of the Brown decision today.

The historic Brown v. Board of Education case, while focused on the integration of African American students in the nation’s schools, was never simply a black/white issue. The film "Stolen Education," for example, depicts how the nation's "separate but equal" laws profoundly affected Mexican American students.


The April 28 film screening and symposium on the Fairfax campus  called “Unspoken Histories of Unequal Education”  discusses the relevance of the Brown decision today. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.


“I was touched by the film’s story and its unspoken history of desegregation, racism, and educational inequality,” said Rodney Hopson, professor of education at George Mason University and a co-convener of the event. “It gives us another way to understand the story of a nation that has historically struggled to ensure the right of education for all, and especially those of color.”

Watch the trailer or read about the film below:



The April 28 film screening and symposium on the Fairfax campus is called “Unspoken Histories of Unequal Education” and is a public event — all students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to attend.

“This event resonates especially strongly within the Mason community because of our culture of diversity and inclusion,” said Mark Ginsberg, dean of Mason’s College of Education and Human Development. “We are honored to have such an esteemed panel of experts on campus to help us understand the challenges and find innovative actions that bring about the kind of sustained change and authentic equity that the Brown v. Board of Education decision envisioned.”

The evening’s panelists include:

Enrique Alemán, Jr. | Filmmaker of Stolen Education and associate professor, University of Utah.



Gabriel “Asheru” Benn | Hip Hop artist, educator, and performer of The Boondocks theme music, and the first rapper (emcee) to win the prestigious Peabody Award for Journalism.


James Braxton Peterson | Media commentator and associate professor, Lehigh University.



Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) | Currently serving his eleventh term in Congress.



“Unspoken Histories of Unequal Education” is convened by George Mason University faculty: Rodney Hopson, professor; Sonya Horsford (moderator), associate professor; and Jenice L. View, associate professor.

This event is sponsored by: Office of the Provost; College of Education and Human Development; Center for Education Policy and Evaluation; Office of African and African American Studies; and the Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Multicultural Education. Promotional support is provided by: American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington, D.C. Additional support from: Diversity Research and Action Consortium and the Leadership Education and Development Office.

About the film: As a 9-year-old, Lupe had already been in the first grade for three years. This was not because of academic performance, but because she was Mexican American. School administrators and teachers argued that this practice was necessary because—as they stated in court—the “retardation of Latin children” would adversely impact the education of white children. In "Stolen Education," the filmmaker — who is also Lupe’s son—recaptures the remarkable story of the schoolchildren who changed education in Texas and re-claims this forgotten part of U.S. history.


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