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Cheryl Brown Henderson's Reception

Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity Office, College of Education, and Committee on Black Affairs

A Celebration of Activism, Advocacy, and Agency for the USF Conferral of Ms. Cheryl Brown Henderson’s Honorary Doctorate of Education Friday, December 7, 2018

Cheryl Brown Henderson and Dean Knoeppel

Cheryl Brown Hendseron and Dean Knoeppel



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Cheryl Brown Henderson is one of the three daughters of the late Rev. Oliver L. Brown who in the fall of 1950 filed suit on behalf of their children against the local Board of Education. Their case joined with cases from Delaware, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C. on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court and on May 17, 1954, and became known as the landmark decision — Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. Brown Henderson is Founding President of the Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research, and owner of Brown & Associates, an educational consulting firm. A recipient of various awards and recognition for her work, she has an extensive background in education, business and civic leadership, and has served on and chaired various local, state and national Boards. In addition, she has two decades of experience in political advocacy, public policy implementation, and federal legislative development.