The College of Charleston has organized two related events to commemorate the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision.

The effort, titled "From Equality to Quality," is meant to raise awareness about this important U.S. Supreme Court case and the critical role South Carolina played in it, as well as to generate a discussion about the status of education in the state on the anniversary of the Brown decision, according to organizer Jon Hale, professor of educational history.

The first event is "Charleston and Educational Equality: The Role of Briggs in the Brown decision," a panel discussion scheduled for 10 a.m.-noon Friday at the federal courthouse downtown, at the corner of Meeting and Broad streets.

This free public panel will focus on the historic significance of the Briggs vs. Elliott decision. Invited guest speakers include federal Judge Richard Gergel; journalist-historian Jack Bass; Joseph De Laine, the son of the Rev. Joseph A. De Laine, the activist who initiated the lawsuit; and Dave Dennis, a 1961 Freedom Rider, retired civil rights lawyer and co-organizer of the Algebra Project.

The second event is "From Equality to Quality: A Public Forum on Quality Education with Civil Rights Activists and Mayor Joe Riley," scheduled for 5-7 p.m. April 10 in the College of Charleston Science Center Auditorium, 202 Calhoun St.

Panelists include Riley, Robert Moses, civil rights activist and founder of the Algebra Project; and two local Charleston activists, Dave Dennis and Millicent Brown.

Panelists will speak about the civil rights movement and current efforts to implement equal access to quality education in South Carolina and across the nation. Maurice Cannon, principal of Burke High School, will moderate the event.