Independent Historian

Dr. Beryl New is Director of Certified Personnel and Equity with Topeka Public Schools in Topeka, Kansas. She is also the co-chair of her district’s Equity Council, which hosts community conversations and summits about how race impacts student success.

McKinley Langford Burnett (1897-1968)

McKinley Langford Burnett was a little-known but significant figure in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case that theoretically desegregated public schools across the United States. Burnett was born in Oskaloosa, Kansas, a racially integrated small town, in 1897 to parents who … Read MoreMcKinley Langford Burnett (1897-1968)