All Deliberate Speed: The Legacy of Brown v. Board
is an educational documentary film produced by non-profit media
Media, Inc and independent production company TELEDUCTION.
overview summarizes the style, themes and components of this
Promise of Democracy...
17, 2004 marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's monumental
decision in the cases collectively known as Brown v. Board of
Education, which struck down the notion of "separate but
equal" education and ended legalized segregation in America's
public schools. The Brown petition represented six separate
cases: in Kansas, South Carolina, Virginia, the District of
Columbia and Delaware.
to by many legal scholars as the "case of the century",
Brown helped launch the civil rights movement that challenged
America's race relations and social structure over the following
decades. The legal precedent set in this groundbreaking case
still serves as model for human rights activism throughout the
a half-century later, scholars and community leaders are still
struggling to ensure that equal educational opportunities
are indeed offered to all citizens. This essential study addresses
the most pressing questions about race and ethnicity in America
This program examines the unique legal strategies employed
by the NAACP and the Legal Defense Fund, Inc., to combat school
segregation in the courts, uncover the split public sentiment
that fueled the social structure of the "Jim Crow"
era, address the successes and failures in the implementation
of desegregation, and most importantly, analyze the role of
diversity and multicultural education in America today.
Outreach, Asking Important Questions:
integral part of the program strategy is to extend the reach
of the project into the community, promoting public dialogue
by raising critical questions:
is the role of race in education?
do discrepancies in achievement remain between whites and
non-whites educated in public-school settings?
is the value of diversity in education?
affirmative action still appropriate and/or necessary in
are economic justice and civil rights linked?
Outreach Initiatives Include:
We work hand in hand with national partners to identify,
create and distribute curriculum compliant study guides,
lesson plans, and teachers' instructions on how to incorporate
With All Deliberate Speed into high school and college classrooms.
These materials can be ordered on this
Engagement: Dialogues with Diversity
Special film screenings, accompanied by facilitated community
forums, accompany the broadcast of With All Deliberate Speed.
We work with our partners at public television stations
and cultural organizations to plan these events. Suggested
agendas, debate topics, and implementation strategies developed
with The National Conference for Community and Justice serve
as models for events throughout the nation. We hope to foster
a national public debate about race and ethnicity centered
around the broadcast.
core group of prestigious scholars provide analysis of the
themes addressed in With All Deliberate Speed. Representing
the nation's leading Universities, Civil Rights organizations,
and educational institutions, these interviewees provide critical
exploration of the history and current legacy of the Brown
producers also visited a select group of state-funded universities
and public high schools to interview students, and ascertain
their perceptions regarding the dynamics of living and learning
in diverse school environments, and a multicultural society.
This essential analysis of the social, legal and educational
relevance of the case, from a new generation of students,
complements the analysis of our professional scholars.
Bond - Chair, NAACP; Professor of History, University
Greenberg - Brown attorney, NAACP Legal Defense
Fund; Columbia University Law School
Orfield - Professor of Education and Social Policy;
Co-founder, Civil Rights Project, Harvard University
Robert Carter - Brown attorney, NAACP
Legal Defense Fund, U.S. District Court Judge
V. Tushnet - Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional
Law, Georgetown University
Ware - L.L. Redding Chair for the Study of Law and Public
Policy, University of Delaware
Patterson - Ford Foundation Professor of History emeritus,
Rae McNeil - University of North Carolina, Charles Houston
Skelcher - Professor of History, Delaware State University
Daniel Tatum - President, Spelman College
Kozol - Author, "Savage Inequalities", "Amazing
Oliver Horton - Benjamin Banneker Professor of American
Studies and History, George Washington University