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The National Heritage Lecture

To Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

A Lecture by the Judge Richard Gergel

Drawn from his book, Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring

Followed by a Conversation between the Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson and Judge Richard Gergel

Tickets are $100 each
A reception will follow
Advanced reservations are required

Richard Gergel is a District Court Judge on the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.  He was nominated to the Court in 2009 by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate in 2010. He holds a B.A. and J.D. from Duke University.

Ketanji Brown Jackson is an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States.  She was nominated to the Court in 2022 by President Joseph R. Biden and confirmed the same year.  She holds a B.A. and J.D. from Harvard University.

The Supreme Court is located at 1 First Street, NE.

Please bring with you a government-issued photo ID as required for admittance to the Supreme Court Building. If the name provided for the guest list does not match the ID, you will not be admitted.

The use of cameras, cellphones, and other electronic devices is always prohibited in the Courtroom.  The use of cameras is also prohibited during the reception. 

In addition, please note these additional rules and regulations as posted on the Court’s website: 

The National Heritage Lecture was established in 1991 by the Supreme Court Historical Society, United States Capitol Historical Society, and the White House Historical Association. Its purpose is to enhance the knowledge and appreciation of the American system of government and the principles upon which it was founded. Hosted in turn by each of the three historical societies, the National Heritage Lecture explores one of the three branches of government and the momentous events and personalities associated with its history.

The Supreme Court Historical Society (“Society”) is a not for profit 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated to preserving and collecting the history of the Supreme Court of the United States, increasing public awareness of the Court’s contribution to our nation’s rich constitutional heritage, and acquiring knowledge covering the history of the entire Judicial Branch. In its Opperman House Library, the Society houses one of the finest collections of judicial biographies, Justices’ writings, and histories of the Court. The Society conducts educational programs for students and teachers, and programs of interest to legal practitioners, scholars, historians, and the public. The Society supports historical research, promotes scholarship, and engages in civic education outreach. It also funds a print and digital publishing program that produces the Journal of Supreme Court History, reference books, documentary history, webcasts, and civic documentaries. Additionally, the Society identifies and acquires artworks, furniture, documents, and artifacts of significance to Supreme Court history that are incorporated into exhibits prepared by the Supreme Court Curator’s Office for the benefit of the Court’s one million annual visitors.