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Breaking Bias Live: Lessons for Today from Amistad and Brown v. Board of Education

Please contact Jessica Taube at jtaube@njsbf.org or Paula Saha at psaha@njsba.com.


Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education at a free, community event presented in partnership with the NAACP Metuchen-Edison Branch and the New Jersey State Bar Association.  Hear from Ayanna Najuma, a civil rights icon who was one of the youngest ~ at seven years old ~ to participate in lunch counter sit-ins in the 1950s that helped end restaurant segregation in Oklahoma. Explore a lesson from the New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s Breaking Bias: Lessons from the Amistad curriculum. Enjoy a panel discussion featuring attorneys and activists.

  • For: NJ High School Students and their teachers, attorneys and members of the general public
  • Where: In-Person at the NJ Law Center at 1 Constitution Square in New Brunswick ~Space is limited to 200
  • A Virtual Option to attend remotely via Zoom is available (links will be provided) ~Virtual links limited to 480
  • Free event. Free parking. Breakfast and lunch included.
Event Agenda
  • 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. – Registration and Breakfast
  • 10:00 – 10:25 a.m. – Introduction and Keynote Speaker: Ayanna Najuma
  • 10:25 – 10:45 a.m. – Q&A with Ayanna Najuma
  • 10:45 – 11:00 a.m. – Break
  • 11:00 a.m. – Noon – Tabletop Discussion: Lessons from the Amistad ~ led by Dr. Donnetrice Allison, Chair of Africana Studies, Stockton University
  • Noon – 12:30 p.m. – Lunch
  • 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion and Closing Remarks

Read Ayanna’s Full Bio HERE.

About Ayanna Najuma:

A Renaissance woman, visionary, civil rights icon and an award-winning journalist, Ayanna Najuma helped change the course of history at the age of seven as one of the original sit-inners at Katz Drug Store in Oklahoma City, widely considered to be one of the first sit-ins of the civil rights era.

“Even though I was little, my voice was just as important as everyone else’s voice.”

Through numerous documentaries, articles, guest appearances, a theater play and more, millions of children around the world have been empowered by her story. She has received more than 25,000 letters from students expressing their appreciation and desire to make a difference in their own communities.

Ayanna believes that knowledge is power and when people have knowledge they are able to take action. Her work and passion focuses on ways to empower and encourage children and people of all ages to utilize their own voice for creating change in society, as well as educate them on the importance of activism and advocacy.


  • More information coming soon