Hays residents will get the chance to travel to the site of a history-making desegregation case in Topeka.
A bus in Hays will travel to Topeka on Saturday morning to attend the Brown vs. Board of Education 60th anniversary celebration march and rally for public education.
According to Kathy Rome, UniServ Director from the Kansas National Education Association Kathy Rome, the public is invited to take the bus trip free of charge.
“It is for anyone to ride on. We just think this is a great experience for children, for families, for patrons, teachers — anybody associated with school to go to, and celebrate this historic event,” she said.
Rome said the trip will include a visit to the Brown vs. Board of Education Historic Site, housed at Monroe Elementary School, a former all-black school where the lead plaintiff’s daughter attended school in the lawsuit to end segregation.
Rome said the exhibit at the site, telling the story of the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision, is powerful and interactive.
Following the museum visit, the group will gather at the state house for a rally for public education and a celebration picnic.
The bus leaves at 7 a.m. Saturday from 1202 Canterbury. Sign up at movingkansasforward.org.