Cheryl Brown Henderson, Daughter of Brown v. Board Plaintiff, Joins Kansas City Community Leaders, Educators, and Students for Panel About Educational Options in the Black Community

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KANSAS CITY, MO - Cheryl Brown Henderson, daughter of Oliver Brown, plaintiff in Brown v. Board of Education, and founding president of the Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, will visit University Academy this Thursday, October 20. Brown Henderson will join a panel of Kansas City residents to discuss the state of black education before Brown, after Brown and today.

History and data show us that Black families benefit from having educational options. Over 700,000 Black students attend charter schools nationwide, and the data shows theyre succeeding: low-income Black students in charter schools gain the equivalent of 29 extra days of learning in reading and 36 extra days of learning in math per year compared with their Black peers in traditional district schools.

Drawing on what we've learned from history, how can we ensure that strong public options remain available to Black students, and how can we move forward, together?

These questions will be explored in-depth by Cheryl Brown Henderson, her fellow panelists, and a student moderator. Students from University Academy High School which in 2016 had the highest standardized state test scores in Missouri, including 100 percent advanced/proficienton the Algebra I exam will ask questions from the audience and join the panelists in discussions on how to move forward as a community.

Prior to the panel, participants will tour University Academy open to the press pending RSVP.


Before and After Brown panel about education options in the Black community.


  • Cheryl Brown Henderson: Daughter of Oliver Brown, plaintiff in Brown v. Board of Education, and founding president and CEO of theBrown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research
  • Charnissa Holliday-Scott: Kansas City attorney, Missouri Charter Public School Association board member, former educator
  • Dr. Clem Ukaoma: University Academy High School principal and educator with over thirty years experience
  • Jordan Sanders: University Academy High School student, senior class president, vice-chair of the mayors youth council, and gubernatorial campaign volunteer
  • Student Moderator


Thursday, October 20, 10AM-12PM
School tour: 10-10:30AM
Before and After Brown panel: 10:45AM-12PM
(Please arrive at 10:20 for the panel, as checking into the school and walking to the panel site will take time. Bring a drivers license for check-in.)


University Academy Charter High School
6801 Holmes Rd
Kansas City, MO 64131

(The parking lot is located in the back of the building. The schools main entrance is on the east side of campus, off 68th St.)

University Academy has been recognized as a Best High School in America by U.S. News & World Report every year since 2012. In 2016, the school had the highest standardized state test scores in Missouri, including 100 percent advanced/proficient on the Algebra I exam. The class of 2015 earned a combined $6.3 million in college scholarships, as well as the schools first Ivy League acceptance.

Since 2004, 100 percent of University Academy graduates have been accepted to college, and almost 60 percent graduate with a BA or higher. By contrast, the national average for low income college graduation is 9 percent.

University Academy's upper and lower schools just over 1,000 students. 98 percent are African-American and 70 percent are socio-economically disadvantaged.

About the Black Alliance for Educational Options
The Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) is a national non-profit education advocacy organization founded in 2000 by prominent Black educators, elected officials and civil rights activists. BAEOs mission is to increase access to high-quality educational options for Black children by actively supporting transformational education reform initiatives and parental choice policies that empower low-income and working-class Black families. For more information on BAEO visit

About the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the public charter school movement. Our mission is to lead public education to unprecedented levels of academic achievement by fostering a strong charter movement. For more information, please visit

About the Missouri Charter Public School Association

The Missouri Charter Public School Association (MCPSA) exists to improve student performance and eliminate the achievement gap by ensuring access to quality charter public education options throughout the State of Missouri. As the respected voice of the public charter school sector, MCPSA advocates for supportive public policy, provides a free-flow of information via public relation strategies and encourages public engagement to ultimately reach a future where all children receive an equal education and are provided the tools they need to build bright futures.