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Eisenhower biographer to speak on 34th president’s civil rights record

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at 12 a.m.

David Nichols, a professor emeritus and academic dean at Southwestern College in Winfield, will make a presentation on Dwight D. Eisenhower at 6 p.m. Friday at the Kansas African American Museum, 601 N. Water.

Nichols is the author of “A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution.” He will talk Friday on how Eisenhower was an advocate for desegregation as indicated by many of the issues that arose during his two terms in office as U.S. president.

The U.S. Supreme Court case Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka was decided in 1954, during his first term. He also appointed Chief Justice Earl Warren, an advocate of segregation, to the U.S. Supreme Court, and later sent troops into Little Rock’s Central High School after the Arkansas governor forbade black students from attending the segregated school.

Nichols retired from Southwestern in 2003 and has written extensively on Eisenhower.

The public will get a chance to meet Nichols beginning at 5 p.m. Friday. For more information about Nichols’ presentation, contact Mark McCormick, director of the Kansas African American Museum, at 316-262-7651 or mark.mccormick@tkaamuseum.org.

Reach Beccy Tanner at 316-268-6336 or btanner@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @beccytanner.

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