Education is the New Civil Rights Movement

3-Part Series

November 17, December 1,
December 15, 2021

4:00-5:00 pm  Central Time

Video Access Available until March 1, 2022

All Sessions Take Place on Zoom

$249 per person

Cohort 1


November 17, December 1, December 15, 2021

6:00 - 7:00 pm  Central Time

Video Access Available until March 1, 2022

All Sessions Take Place on Zoom

$249 per person

Cohort 2


Through the power of storytelling, this three part series will engage participants in an analysis of Brown v. Board of Education and assess its impact on student outcomes nearly seven decades later in a politically polarized nation. Participants will also analyze and evaluate the impact our political institutions have on public schools today; specific to the pandemic and Critical Race Theory. Participants will leave this experience with increased capacity to reimagine and create practical solutions to better serve students, families and community members.

This series is appropriate for K-12 Administrators, Educators, and School Board Members.


Percy Brown Jr. is the Director of the Learner FIRST Center for Civil Rights in Education. In 2016, Madison365 recognized Percy Brown, Jr. as one of the most influential African- Americans in the state of Wisconsin. Madison365 describes Percy as “one of the great leaders to arise from the south side of Madison.” In 2014 and 2015 respectively, Percy was awarded the Educator of the Year award by the 100 Black Men chapter of Madison, WI. and was the recipient of the Urban League of Greater Madison President’s Rising Star award. Percy Brown, Jr. comes from a family of civil rights activists that fought for equal rights in the Jim Crow south during the 1950’s and 60’s in Bolivar County Mississippi. His grandfather, Morgan Brown, Jr., was an educator for over 50 years and led most civil rights efforts in Bolivar County. Percy’s father, uncles and aunts were part of the first wave of blacks to desegregate white schools with his aunt Ella being the first of two blacks to integrate Rosedale High School. Percy’s family activism is part of his lineage that he carries into his work as an educational leader. Percy is currently the Director of Equity and Student Achievement for the Middleton Cross Plains Area School District, Senior Outreach Specialist for the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Percy Brown, Jr.

Session Information

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Session 1

An Analysis of Brown v. Board of Education through a Black Family’s Story

In this session, Percy Brown will use his family’s involvement in the Civil Rights Movement and personal narrative to analyze the Brown v. The Board of Education decision and assess its impact on historically disenfranchised students in the 21st century.

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Session 2

Public Education, Pandemic, Politics and Perspectives on Critical Race Theory in a Polarized Nation

In this session, Percy Brown will describe influences on different political attitudes and  the intersectionalities of the pandemic, Critical Race Theory and their impact on public schools. Participants will learn about the varying perspectives on CRT and consider ways to bridge misunderstandings and build consensus amongst all stakeholders. Outcomes from this session include a deepened understanding of CRT and strategies that can be used by district leaders, educators and school board members to effectively engage and respond to parents, community members and/or other stakeholders who have concerns about equity work in your district.


Session 3

Reimagining Public Education in the 21st Century

In this session, Percy Brown will analyze changing demographics in the United States and the implications these changes have on public education and the overall health of the nation. Percy will make the case for districts to embrace the work of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and offer suggestions to help districts move their DEI work forward.