In May 2004, to celebrate of the 50th anniversary of the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education, the University of Maryland School of Law teamed with CENTERSTAGE to produce a staged reading of excerpts from original trial transcripts, and a program featuring news clippings, an audiovisual presentation and recollections from members of the community.
Led by Katherine L. Vaughn, Professor of Law, law students served as volunteer "research assistant/dramaturges" working with Gavin Witt, Center Stage's resident dramaturge and the production's director. Playwright Jerome Hairston took their work and created an adaptation of the legal proceedings.
Several organizations collaborated with the School of Law and Center Stage to produce the singular community event including the Maryland State Bar Association, the Bar association of Baltimore City, and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture. "Actors" were case from Baltimore's legal, civic, educational and cultural communities, including Chief Judge Robert M. Bell, Judge Andre M. Davis, Larry S. Gibson, Professor of Law and Harry Johnson, then president of the Maryland State Bar Association.
For more information on the program and performance, contact Katherine Vaughn