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Teachers to march for equality

5/11/2014

By JUDY SHERARD

By JUDY SHERARD

Daughter of Earline Demanett

History buffs and public education advocates are invited to a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Topeka Board of Education decision, and march and rally for public education Saturday in Topeka.

"It's an important time to celebrate and to continue to fight for equality for every student, for every child in public education," said Kathy Rome, KNEA Cottonwood Uniserv director.

A chartered bus will be going from Hays for the event.

The bus ride is free and open to anyone. Bus riders don't have to be KNEA members or teachers. Families, school administrators, board of education and community members are welcome, Rome said.

The bus leaves at 7 a.m. from the KNEA Cottonwood Uniserv office parking lot at 1202 Canterbury Drive.

Registration at the Brown v. Topeka Board of Education Museum begins at 10 a.m. The march to the Capitol, nearly 11 blocks, starts at 11 a.m., followed by the 11:30 a.m. rally on the Capitol steps.

"Brown v. Board of Education was all about equality, and every student having the right, every child, having the right to equal public education," Rome said. "We still seem to struggle especially with some of what has happened at the state level. The whole Gannon lawsuit that just recently was announced dealt with not only adequate funding, but equity."

Rally speakers include Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers president; Rev. Reuben D. Eckels, New Day Christian Church, and Karen Godfrey, Kansas-NEA president.

There will be a picnic and music on the Capitol lawn following the rally. The bus will leave for Hays after the picnic, which is scheduled to end at 1:30 p.m.

Rome said food venders will be on site.

To sign up go to www.movingkansasforward.org/ and click on "join us."