May 17, 2014, marks the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education Topeka,
which legally ended racial discrimination in U.S. schools. But discussing bias is a mostly academic exercise unless it is placed in the context of lives lived in the forefront of the struggle for equality and social justice. Thurgood Marshall’s Coming!
presents Justice Marshall (portrayed by T. Mychael Rambo) looking back and reliving past trials and victories. Based upon Marshall’s writings and reflections, the movie highlights the discrimination he faced as he tried to enter law school, practice as a lawyer, and defend the civil rights of others.
Following the movie, a moderated panel discussion will explore Marshall’s legacy and the effects of Brown.