FAMU Law Professor Ronald Griffin Among Those Honored For Participation In The Historic Brown V. Board Of Education Case  

Professor Ronald Griffin

ORLANDO – Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law Professor Ronald Griffin is one of the legal experts featured on a special mural to honor those who were associated with the historic Brown v. Board of Education case that ended segregation of the public schools in 1954.

The Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional to separate public school children on the basis of race. This overruled the “separate but equal” principle set forth in the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson case.

Griffin and others were honored over the summer by Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. The University opened a new law school building and dedicated a special mural featuring Thurgood Marshall, Griffin and others associated with the Brown v. Board of Education case.

Griffin was a new member of the Washburn University faculty back in 1979, when along with professors Bill Rich, Myrl Duncan and Allen Easley, he volunteered to be part of a litigation team to file another case with the District Court called Brown II.

“My colleagues and I developed the legal strategy pointing out the failure to fully desegregate the schools,” said Griffin.

This allowed Griffin and his colleagues to participate in the historic Brown v. Board of Education case. The professors’ actions helped to make sure the landmark legislation was in compliance and enforced in Topeka Public Schools. Enforcement included busing children of color to schools that had previously been all white.

“My father and mother were my inspiration for the deeds done in the Brown II case,” said Griffin. “To have it recognized and celebrated with others, in a portrait, commissioned by Washburn University Law School kindles warm feelings. Speaking in historic terms: It is something special to pass on to my wife, children and grandchildren.”

Please visit this link to see the entire mural painted by artist Michael Toombs, Non Nobis Solum, Not for Ourselves Alone, 2023, https://www.washburnlaw.edu/newbuilding/bvbmural.html