Courtroom Television Network and half-parent AOL Time Warner Inc. will
collaborate on a project commemorating the 50th anniversary in 2004 of the Brown
vs. Board of Education ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The project's most public face will be a series of Court TV vignettes
exploring the decision's legacy, with AOL Time Warner CEO Richard Parsons and
U.S. secretary of education Rod Paige among the participants. The vignettes will
premiere on Court TV this fall and continue through the actual
50th-anniversary date, May 17.
Parsons and Paige, along with Court TV CEO Henry Schleiff, will appear
together at a National Association for Minorities in Communications conference
session Sept. 16 on the decision and the state of diversity in media. The
session will serve as the project's kickoff, and Cheryl Brown Henderson,
daughter of plaintiff Oliver Brown, will be a special guest.
The court ruled that segregation by race violated the 14th Amendment of the
Constitution, which guarantees equal protection for all U.S.