Daughter of Defendant, Brown vs Board of Education, Bestowed Honorary Doctorate

Daughter of Defendant, Brown vs Board of Education, Bestowed Honorary Doctorate

(l-r) Yvette Lewis, Dr. Brenda Walker, Dr. Cheryl Brown Henderson, Dr. Samuel Wright, Gwen Myers, Elaine Bryant, Sandra Davis Myers

  The daughter of the late Rev. Oliver I. Brown, defendant in the case, Brown vs Board of Education, Topeka Kansas, 1954 received an Honorary   Doctorate of Education at the University of South Florida on December 8th at the Yuengling Center (formerly USF Sun Dome). Cheryl Brown Henderson was nominated by Dr Brenda Walker, full professor of Education.  After hearing Cheryl speak on USF campus enlightening educators and students Dr Walker felt compelled to do her due diligence and nominate Cheryl Brown Henderson for an honorary Doctorate.image.png
At her celebratory reception, Cheryl Brown Henderson shared what it meant to be a daughter of a pastor that took it upon himself to stand up for his community and family. She also elaborated that we are sometimes born into our roles but still must continue to carry the torch.  She reflected on Black Lives Matter because of how much today mirrors 1954 Topeka Kansas.The room was filled with prominent USF graduates, local ministers  as well as two of USF African Americans who have Endowed Scholarships such as Dr. Sheila Tribble and Jerry Bell.  Dr. Sam Wright was the Program Moderator.  Community leaders; President of the NAACP and USF graduate Yvette Lewis and Attorney Clinton Paris, board member of Tampa Organization of Black Affairs, thanked her for her continued service. Attorney Clinton Paris spoke on how he had to walk a long way to be able to look back to see how far he had come and the impact of her legacy had on his educational life at USF. The honoree reflected on Attorney Paris’s words, elaborating on how far we must go as a people.
Cheryl is one of three daughters of Pastor Oliver Brown, who along with 12 other parents filed a lawsuit on behalf of their children against the local Board of Education in Topeka Kansas.  The suit was joined with other cases from South Carolina, Virginia, Delaware and Washington D.C. on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.  On May 17th 1954, the landmark decision became known as Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, 1954.  Reverend Brown died in 1961 before knowing how impactful this case has been on the United States. However, his legacy did not die there as his daughter carries the torch as well as all of America. 2019 will be the 65th year of this landmark decision.
Cheryl is also the Founding President of the Brown Foundation for Education Equity, Excellence and Research, and owner of Brown & Associates, educational consulting firm.  Her decades experience in political advocacy, public policy implementation and federal legislative development along with her background in education, business and civic leadership helped her to earn this bestowed honor.  A special thanks to Dr. Brenda Walker, Esquire for nominating Cheryl Henderson and making the necessary moves to make this a reality.  Dr. Walker, wife of well known musician and educator Andre Walker, are perfect examples of Power Couples, making powerful moves, in the community.

Daryl Johnson

Daryl is a retired Plant Mgr from USPS. He has published N-TOUCH News since 1996 and is CEO of Intercultural Communications, Inc. Husband to Tampa Bay Tammy & proud father of 3 beautiful daughters and 1 son (deceased)
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