Fourth Child Policy Forum of New York
The Human Rights of Children on the 55th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education and the 20th Anniversary of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child
Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, 1–4 p.m.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the N.Y. Public Library
515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037
The Fourth Child Policy Forum of New York is co-sponsored with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture on the occasion of their exhibition of Courage, an exhibit from the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte, N.C., opening on Oct. 1. It is about a South Carolina congregation, its pastor, and their lawsuit, which was the first out of five lawsuits that led to Brown v. Board of Education 55 years ago. Brown vindicated for the first time in the United States in 1954 that children have substantive rights. At the same time, Nov. 20 is also the 20th anniversary of the adoption by the U.N. Assembly of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), a human rights treaty for children (0–18), which has since been ratified by 193 countries — with the exception of the United States and Somalia.
- Hon. Dennis M. Walcott, Deputy Mayor for Education and Community Development
- Owen M. Fiss, Sterling Professor of Law at Yale University
- Howard Davidson, J.D., Director, American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law
- Hon. William A. Scarborough, Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Children and Families, New York State Assembly
- Hon. Barbara M. Clark, 33rd Assembly District, New York State Assembly
- Hon. Velmanette Montgomery, Chair of the Committee on Children and Families, New York State Senate
Discussion will include Brown v. Board of Education, the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, and their implications for children and young people today, along with perspectives from key legislators on major issues with a focus on children in New York City and State.