Learn the moves at the Brown v. Board Sock Hop for Equality

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site News Release

Contact: Joan Wilson
Phone number: (785) 354-4273

Third Annual Sock Hop at Brown v. Board Site this Saturday

Topeka, KS –Join us on Saturday May 9, 6-8 p.m., for the Third Annual Sock Hop for Equality. The event is free and open to all ages. Learn how to do the locomotion, the twist and other popular dances from the 1950s. A live band and dance instructors from the Kansas Ballet Academy will help you learn the moves. 1950s era dress is encouraged, but not required.

Music can bring people together, but it has also been a catalyst for rebelling against social norms. In its infancy, rock and roll was a unique harmony of various African American musical genres that caught the attention of young adults. Since the music industry labeled all African American music as “race records,” most early rock and roll was considered race music. However, the new sound transcended racial barriers as young adults from different races and ethnic groups flocked to dance halls wanting to hear rock and roll.

The success of rock and roll in integrating young adults through a shared love of music created a negative backlash from segregationists holding onto cultural traditions that separated whites and blacks in every aspect of society. Some groups organized boycotts of music stores or radio stations that played rock and roll. Despite their efforts, rock and roll thrived.

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site tells the story of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that ended legal segregation in public schools. The site is located at 1515 SE Monroe Street in Topeka, Kansas, and is open free of charge 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. For more information call Ranger Joan Wilson at (785) 354-4273 or visit www.nps.gov/brvb and www.facebook.com/brownvboardnps.

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