5/10/2016

Brown v. Board welcomes new Chief of Interpretation

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site News Release

Contact: Sherda Williams, Superintentent, (785) 354-1489 x 230 or 785-354-4273
Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site
1515 SE Monroe Street
Topeka, Kansas 66612
(785) 354-4273 phone
(785) 354-7213 fax
www.nps.gov/brvb


New Chief of Interpretation Hired for Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site

Topeka, KS - Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site welcomes a new Chief of Interpretation and Education in May. Enimini Ekong will start his new position the week of May 23 and will supervise park staff who interact with visitors and school groups, lead exhibit development, and work with partners in telling the civil rights history of America. 

Park staff are very excited about Mr. Ekong’s arrival. As Superintendent Sherda Williams notes, “Enimini comes to us with a passion for and established experience in interpreting and engaging people in Civil Rights history. He will be a great addition to our team.” Ekong is transferring to Brown v. Board from his former position as Chief of Interpretation at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site in Arkansas. 

Prior to working at Central High School National Historic Site, Ekong worked for the National Park Service at Mary McLeod Bethune and Frederick Douglass National Historic Sites, at the headquarters office for the NPS-National Capital Region, and at the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C. 

During 2016 when the NPS is celebrating 100 years as an agency, Ekong is serving at the national level as one of five “Centennial Ambassadors” providing leadership with the NPS anniversary (#FindYourPark). He also is involved in encouraging diversity as a member of two NPS national level groups – the Youth Leadership Team and Allies for Inclusion, which uses facilitated dialogue to enhance respect and support inclusion for the full diversity of NPS employees and visitors. 

A native of Dallas, Texas, Ekong earned his Bachelors of Arts in History from Baylor University and a Masters of Arts in African American Studies from Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Enimini will be joined in Kansas by his wife Dominique, daughter Farrah, and son Eliah.

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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 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with the exceptions of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s days. For more information call 785-354-4273 or go to www.nps.gov/brvb.

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