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Brown Sisters Speak About Brown v. Board of Education at Central High School; Learn New Computer Skills at the Edge

On Thursday, July 31, at 7 p.m. in the Central High School auditorium, all ages were invited to hear a personal story embedded in our nation’s struggle for civil rights.

Linda and Cheryl Brown’s father Oliver Brown was among the many parents challenging racial segregation in the Topeka public schools in the 50s. It was his name that was attached to the now-famous, 1954 U.S. Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education declaring that school racial segregation was unconstitutional.

Brown died in 1961, but his daughters carry on the discussions of what happened and what changed – or didn’t – after 1954. They will bring that discussion to Springfield as part of the “Changing America” series sponsored by the Library and the Greater Race & Faith Collaborative. Their visit, free to the public, is funded by the Friends of the Library and The Library Foundation.

Parking at Central High School is directly across Central Street, behind the school or at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library. A handicapped access door and elevator are available on the Jefferson Avenue side of the school.
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The Changing America series continues Sunday, Aug. 3, with a documentary “The Abolitionists” from 1:30-4:30 p.m. in the Library Center auditorium. The 2013 film dramatizes how abolitionist allies including Frederick Douglass turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that changed the nation.
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There’s plenty of summer left for you to finally master the computer – whether you want to learn how to send email, put your home finances on an Excel spreadsheet or learn PowerPoint for college presentations.

You can learn how to do those and more through free classes for adults at the library’s computer lab, the Edge Community Technology Center in the lower level of the Midtown Carnegie Branch. Choose from instructor-led classes or training videos on everything from Access to Outlook to Web Design.

Find out what you can learn by picking up an Edge schedule at any branch, or visiting thelibrary.org/edge.

Kathleen O’Dell is community relations director for the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at kathleeno@thelibrary.org.

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