This year marks the 60th anniversary of Oliver Brown, et al. v. Board of Education of Topeka, et al., better known as Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark Supreme Court decision that ended segregation in public schools. To commemorate the occasion, the Topeka, Kansas Unified School District has invited First Lady Michelle Obama to speak at the district’s graduation, and some Topeka residents have decided to mark the occasion by trying to block her from doing so. This afternoon, The White House announced that they have succeeded.
The First Lady was originally scheduled to speak at a combined graduation ceremony on May 17, but a petition led by high school senior Taylor Gifford caught the attention of the press, on its way to collecting 2,700 signatures from around the country. That extreme minority of aggrieved students, parents, and random Obama-haters has apparently prevailed. From The White House:
NEW DATE: High Schools in the Topeka, KS Public School District on May 16 at 6:00 PM (Central)
The First Lady will deliver remarks at a “Senior Recognition Day” to celebrate seniors from high schools in the Topeka, KS Public School District on May 16. This will take place the day before each high school holds their official graduation ceremony.
The remarks will celebrate the achievements of the graduating class of high school seniors in Topeka, home of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.