Media Contact: Monique Linder

Executive Producer, Rock The Schools

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Three special guests share their perspectives on the landmark Supreme Court ruling starting with Dr. Cheryl Brown Henderson, daughter of Reverend Oliver R. Brown, followed by a legal perspective with Dr. Nekima Levy-Pounds and in part 3, Dr. Valda H. Montgomery takes us to the epicenter of the civil rights movement in Montgomery, Alabama from her perspective as a neighbor to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (December 9, 2016) — Rock The Schools marks its 80th podcast episode with a special three-part series on the impact of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision.  Starting with episode 78, Chris hosts special guest Cheryl Brown Henderson, one of the three daughters of the late Rev. Oliver L. Brown. In the Fall of 1950, along with 12 other parents, Rev. Brown filed suit against the Topeka Board of Education on behalf of their children – challenging the fairness of the ‘separate but equal’ framework.  In May of 1970, after a lengthy appeals process, the Supreme Court sided with Brown and other plaintiffs from Delaware, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. who had joined the case. The landmark decision dealt a massive blow to the practice of segregation.

“African-American history is an important piece of American history. It is vitally important that we all have public access to stories that speak to the strength and courage of those who fought for human rights during segregation, and those who continue to fight for those rights today,” argues Chris Stewart, host of Rock The Schools.   

The three shows focus on the impact of the landmark Supreme Court decision then and now, from its historical context, to its legal precedence with Dr. Levy-Pounds and ending with episode 80 in the epicenter of the civil rights movement, Montgomery, Alabama where Dr. Valda H. Montgomery was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s neighbor.

“All three shows are powerful and unique in their perspective deserving of their own individual show,” said Monique Linder, executive producer of Rock The Schools, who recently traveled to Montgomery, Alabama, to meet Dr. Valda H. Montgomery – in person in the same house where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the freedom riders held strategy meetings.

Part one with Dr. Cheryl Brown Henderson will air on Access Minnesota’s 50 radio stations throughout the state this Sunday (see station listing for the time in your area at: https://www.accessminnesotaonline.com/schedule/).  For more information go to: https://www.accessminnesotaonline.com.  Click here to download.  

You can subscribe to Rock The Schools with Citizen Stewart on iTunes, audioboom.com and under podcast at citizenstewart.org.  Rock the Schools is supported by Education Post and Citizen.Education. The schedule for the Brown V. The Board of Education of Topeka, KS three-part shows can be found at: https://citizenstewart.org/podcast/

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12/12/2016, 5:58:00 AM CST Episode 78 | Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka – Part 1 of 3 | Then and Now with Dr. Cheryl Brown Henderson

 Media interviews with guests and Chris Stewart can be scheduled by contacting Monique Linder.  Press release (download)


About Rock The Schools with Citizen Stewart aka Chris Stewart (https://citizenstewart.org): Stewart’s mission with “Rock The Schools” is to “create a greater educational opportunity for black communities by grounding the school reform debate in black history and transformative black thought.”  Stewart believes “this is done by challenging the dominant trope of anti-school reform activism, and illustrating connections between the liberationist principles of yesterday’s black struggles, and today’s education proposals (e.g. “privatization,” school choice, and charter schools).”  Stewart’s tag “Public education for an educated public” begs the question of accountability . . . does public education meet the standards of an educated public when students are not achieving academic success? The host of Rock The Schools, Chris Stewart is a writer, speaker, essayist and education activist from Minnesota.  Stewart began recording his Rock The Schools podcast in early March 2015 and releases a new episode weekly.  Rock The Schools with Citizen Stewart is available on iTunes, audioboom.com and under podcast at citizenstewart.org.  Rock the Schools’ Executive Producer is Monique Linder, Founder of OMG Media Solutions and is supported by Education Post and Citizen.Education.

 About OMG Media Solutions (https://omgmediasolutions.com)  OMG Media Solutions is a provider of business strategy consulting, digital media and marketing solutions for clients nationwide delivering high-performing results primarily in entertainment, media, education, automotive and non-profit business sectors. Founded by Monique Linder, whose innovative and non-traditional approach to marketing includes a podcast network and digital media solutions with real-time performance analysis.