‘Brown to Broward’ Exhibit Honors Civil Rights Legal Fights

February 5, 2024
The Community Foundation of Broward collaborated with the Old Dillard Museum and the T.J. Reddick Bar Association to present an exhibit at the museum marking the 70th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.

The new “Brown to Broward” exhibit at the Old Dillard Museum honors groundbreaking legal fights – waged from the U.S. Supreme Court to Broward County – that led to desegregating public schools.

As we celebrate Black History Month, the Community Foundation of Broward is partnering with the Old Dillard Museum and the T.J. Reddick Bar Association to present this exhibit that marks the 70th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education – the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that in 1954 declared public school segregation unconstitutional. The exhibit also explores how despite that ruling, it took a 1970s legal fight – led by trailblazing local attorney W. George Allen – to desegregate schools in Broward.

The “Brown to Broward” exhibit will be on display from Feb. 16 through March 31, 2023 at the Old Dillard Museum at 1009 NW 4th Street in Fort Lauderdale. This exhibit – free and open to the public – showcases photos, court records, newspaper clippings and other historic items that tell the important story of desegregation. Highlights include excerpts from the Supreme Court transcripts.

The Community Foundation’s sponsorship of this exhibit is a continuation of our support for creating a more equitable and inclusive community for all residents through systemic, sustainable and scalable change. This includes promoting a greater appreciation of differences, cherishing diversity, standing for equity and fostering inclusion across our community. We are proud that W. George Allen is one of our former Board Members and that today we partner with his sons Tim and Jonathan Allen – a current Board Member – to shepherd two endowed Allen family scholarship funds, which will empower generations of Broward students to make the most of their educational opportunities.

More about our exhibit partners

The Old Dillard Museum is a historical landmark and education center operated by Broward County Public Schools. It has served as an important focal point of education and culture for Fort Lauderdale’s African American community since its construction in the early 20th century.

The T.J. Reddick Bar Association is dedicated to promoting the professional excellence of Black lawyers in Broward County, increasing the enrollment of minority students in college and law school, and promoting the general welfare of all citizens in Broward County.


Learn More

Contact the Community Foundation of Broward at info@cfbroward.org or 954-761-9503

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