May 18, 2004
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Public Outreach Director
(505) 476-0393

Agenda for Wednesday's 50th Anniversary of
Brown vs. Board of Education 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, in the school amphitheater, located at 1700 Sunshine Terrace SE. The event, co-sponsored by the Public Education Department, Office of African-American Affairs, Martin Luther King, Jr., State Commission and Lowell Elementary, will be celebrated in song and word by Lowell students and dignitaries from New Mexico, including First Lady Barbara Richardson.

Agenda for 50th Anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education (2:00 to 2:45 p.m.)

I. Welcome and Introductions 2:00-2:05 PM
Dr. Harold Bailey, Executive Director, Office of African-American Affairs

II. Pledge to the Flag and “We Love Our Flag” 2:05-2:10 PM
Performed by three, four and five-year-old students in Lowell City Day Care

III. Remarks offered by Rev. Dr. Charles E. Becknell, Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church 2:10-2:12 PM

IV. Comments of First Lady Barbara Richardson 2:12-2:20 PM

V. “Lift Every Voice and Sing” 2:20-2:23 PM
Performed by Lowell Elementary Kindergarten Teacher Rayetta Baty

VI. Greetings from Congresswoman Heather Wilson 2:23-2:25 PM

VII. Comments of Secretary of Education Dr. Veronica C. García 2:25-2:33 PM

VIII. African-American Heritage Program 2:33-2:36 PM

IX. Reading on the Significance of Underground Railroad Quilt 2:36-2:39 PM
Presented by 2nd-grade student and her family

X. Singing of “I Am the Greatest” 2:41-2:45 PM
3rd, 4th and 5th-grade students