The play, BROWN. Thurgood Marshall and Earl Warren: A Conversation, staring Cameron Spencer and Stephen Dundis, will be staged at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17 in the Moot Courtroom of the Washburn University School of Law.
The play was written by Dr. Steven Brown and Michael Ullstrup. Brown is the 2014 Oliver L. Brown Distinguished Visiting Scholar for Diversity Studies. He is an associate professor of educational leadership at Texas A & M - Corpus Cristi, where he teaches education law, ethics and social justice. He is producer of WGTD Public Radio Theater. In addition to BROWN, he has written On the Eight Day: Bryan v. Darrow and A Fireside Chat: A Conversation with Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The latter premiered at the FDR Presidential Library in 2011.
The play is directed by Viki DuMez and is a production of The Brown-Ullstrup Performing Arts Foundation of Salem, Wisconsin.
Earl Warren, former Governor of California, became Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court in 1953 after appointment by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Warren's efforts led to the court's unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education.
Thurgood Marshall was lead attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Inc. He presented oral arguments before the United States Supreme Court in the Bown v. Board of Education case, resulting in the landmark decision. Later, Marshall was appointed by President L. B. Johnson as the first African American to serve as U.S. Solicitor, followed by an appointment to the Supreme Court.
This free public event is sponsored by the Office of the President, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Law and The Brown Foundation. RSVPs are requested by Sept. 15 by calling 785.670.1636. For more information, contact Shawn Leisinger at or 785.670.2464.
A member of the state’s highest court will speak at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23, in the Washburn Tech Conference Center at 5724 SW Huntoon. Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lee A. Johnson will address students, instructors and staff on the U.S. Constitution, the role of the court in interpreting it and guaranteed rights.
A native of Caldwell, Kan., Justice Johnson graduated Summa Cum Laude from Washburn University School of Law. Upon graduation, he practiced law in his hometown. In 2001, he began serving on the Kansas Court of Appeals and then in 2007 was appointed to the Kansas Supreme Court.