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University of Central Florida Brown, Black & White Collection

Identifier: UA28C

Scope and Contents

Series I: Events, 1953-2006 contains flyers, biographies, notes, correspondence, itineraries, evaluations, bibliographies, lesson plans, budgets, expenses, grant applications, press releases, programs, minutes and periodicals.

Series II: Research, 1940-1984 contains articles and research about race relations in the past.

Series III: Newspaper Clippings, 2001-2004 contains periodicals related to the "Brown, Black & White" events. It also contains periodicals about race relations both in Central Florida and around the United States.

Series IV: Media, undated contains DVDs related to the "Brown, Black & White" events. This includes recorded lectures, written research, a citizen's guide to Florida government, and an interview with 90.7 WMFE.


  • Created: 1940-2006



The entire collection is open for research.

Copyright Statement

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical or Historical Information

Dr. Spencer Downing Ph.D specializes in teaching 20th century U.S. and cultural history. Downing taught at the University of Central Florida (UCF) from 2002-2008. From 2002 to 2005, Downing was a visiting professor in the history department. For the 2005-2006 school year he was promoted to Assistant Professor; a title he held until 2008. While at UCF, Downing taught upper level classes and seminars and was an active thesis defense committee member. In addition to teaching, Downing was responsible for and became the program director for the event series "Brown, Black & White."

The contents of the collection commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education and the events held in and around the university campus. Held from 2003 to 2005, these events were planned and executed by a team lead by Downing and aimed to continue the dialog of racial equality and acceptance that the Brown v. Board of Education decision sought to provide in 1954.

Brown v. Board of Education was a case that came before the Supreme Court in 1952. In 1954, after two years of deliberation and countless hearings, the Supreme Court Justices deemed that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional and that states should immediately begin plans to desegregate public schools. It would be years before widespread implementation was seen, but the decision in 1954 set the precedent for an integrated public school system.


1 Box (1.0 Linear Feet, 1 Flat File)

Language of Materials



The Brown, Black, & White collection documents the creation, planning and execution of commemorative events in Central Florida which reflected on the 50th anniversary of the Supreme CourtÂ’s decision on Brown v. Board of Education. Materials in this collection include correspondence, event planning notes, flyers, programs, articles, newspaper clippings, and DVDs.

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged in four series chronologically.

Method of Acquisition

Spencer Downing gifted these materials to the University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collection and University Archives in 2014 (CFU2014_32).

Accruals and Additions

Collection Identifier: CFU2014_32

Related Materials

For more information on the university archives, please see our website.

Processing Information

Collection processed by and finding aid prepared by Molly Newcomb in 2016. Papers were placed in acid-free folders. Staples, tape and paper clips were removed from papers. Some newspapers were photocopied. The acquisition method field and the subjects were updated by Kryslynn Collazo in 2018, resulting in edition 2.

University of Central Florida Brown, Black & White Collection
Molly Newcomb
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Repository Details

Part of the UCF University Archives Repository

Special Collections & University Archives
University of Central Florida Libraries
P.O. Box 162666
Orlando Florida 32816-2666 US
(407) 823-2576