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Bush in Kansas to remember Brown vs. Board of Education decision, dedicate historic site

(White House-AP) May 17, 2004 - President Bush flies to Topeka, Kansas, Monday morning to commemorate the Supreme Court's Brown versus Board of Education decision.

The president is helping to dedicate the former Monroe Elementary School as a national historic site. The daughter of the lead plaintiff in the landmark case was a student there.

The Topeka suit, along with four others, resulted in the 1954 decision declaring segregated schools unconstitutional.

Bush's Democratic foe, John Kerry, is also in Topeka Monday. He's attending a separate Brown observance at the state Capitol.

Aides say Bush's speech will pay tribute to those who helped end what he'll call "a great wrong" and talk about the progress America has made in the half-century since the ruling. However, he'll caution work remains to be done to achieve the goal of equal opportunity for all Americans.

Posted 9:05pm by Eva Pilgrim

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