Cheryl Brown Henderson

The City of Madison & Dane County King Coalition have announced that Cheryl Brown Henderson will be the keynote speaker for the 34th annual King Holiday Observance.

Ms. Brown Henderson is one of the three daughters of the late Reverend Oliver L. Brown, who filed suit on behalf of his children against the local board of education. Their case became known as the landmark Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.

Cheryl has gone on to a distinguished career as a civil rights advocate and educator. She has been invited to the White House on several occasions, and in 2004 she introduced President George W. Bush at the grand opening of Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, Kansas.

The greater Madison community is invited to come out to Overture Center on Monday, Jan. 21 to hear her powerful story. Freedom songs will be sung at 5 p.m. and the program will start at 6 p.m. There is no cost to attend.