May 14, 2004
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Public Outreach Director
(505) 476-0393

50th Anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education
To be Celebrated Wednesday at Lowell Elementary

(Santa Fe, NM)--The 50th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that forever changed race relations in our country, will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 19, at 2:00 p.m. at Lowell Elementary School in Albuquerque, located at 1700 Sunshine Terrace SE. The event will be celebrated in song and word by Lowell students and dignitaries from New Mexico, including First Lady Barbara Richardson.

The event is co-sponsored by the Public Education Department (PED), Office of African-American Affairs and Lowell Elementary.

Invited dignitaries include the following: First Lady Barbara Richardson; Congresswoman Heather Wilson; Secretary of Education Dr. Veronica C. García; Dr. Harold Bailey, executive director of the Office of African-American Affairs; Sen. Manny Aragon; Rep. Jane Powdrell-Colbert; Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton; District Judge Angela Jewell; Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Everitt; Lowell Elementary Principal Shari Gonzales; Rev. Dr. Charles E. Becknell, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Albuquerque; Joe Powdrell, with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); and JoElla Redmon, with the Martin Luther King, Jr., Commission.

First Lady Barbara Richardson will read Governor Bill Richardson’s proclamation naming the week of May 17-23 as Brown vs. Board of Education week in New Mexico. Lowell Elementary kindergarten teacher Rayetta Baty will sing the Black National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” and Secretary Dr. García will speak on the 50th Anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education: New Mexico’s Response Yesterday and Today.

Student performances will include the pledge to the flag and “We Love Our Flag” by three-, four -and five-year-old students in Lowell City Day Care, a reading on the significance of the Underground Railroad Quilt by a second-grade student and her family and the singing of “I Am the Greatest” by third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students.

For more information, contact Ruth Williams, the PED’s director of public outreach, at 505-476-0393.