Lucinda Todd

Students Learn About Lucinda Todd
Posted on 10/18/2022
Hope Street Foyer

During the Spring 2022 semester, students in Hope Street's Historical Inquiry class were researching Topekans who they think deserve more recognition for their contributions to the community.  Student Malynda Whitmarsh created a presentation arguing Lucinda Todd needs to be celebrated by Topeka for her contributions to the Brown v. Board Supreme Court case.  When it was pointed out that the building that houses Hope Street is actually named after Lucinda Todd a new project was born.  There was a recognition that not much attention or explanation is given as to why the building is named in her honor.  Students conducted extensive research, even sorting through a box of Lucinda's personal documents at the Kansas State Historical Society's archives, to find out more about her.  They used the evidence they uncovered at the archives, along with materials they collected online from the State Historical Society, the Supreme Court Archives, and other places to create a series of posters drawing attention to Lucinda's work as the "Mother of the Brown Case", a teacher, and a legal activist.

The posters were hung in the school's foyer on Friday October 7th.

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