Susan Epperson and the Supreme Court case of Epperson v. Arkansas

The Humanists of Colorado is pleased to present Susan Epperson and the remarkable story of the Supreme Court case of Epperson v. Arkansas in 1968 (and the long-overdue vindication of John Scopes) at its May meeting.

Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 7:00pm
The Secular Hub, 3100 Downing #C, Denver, CO

The infamous Scopes “Monkey Trial” was held in Dayton, Tennessee in 1925. John Scopes, a high school science teacher, was arrested and tried for teaching biological evolution in his classroom, but the merits of that case never made it past the trial court level. By the 1960’s a few states still had laws on the books which made it a misdemeanor to teach the science of evolution in the public schools.

Enter Susan Epperson

Susan Epperson obtained her master's degree in zoology in 1964, and later that year took a position as a 10th grade biology teacher in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1965 she was asked to be the plaintiff in a lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of Arkansas’ 1928 anti-evolution law. It was Ms. Epperson’s case that, some three years later, made it to the U.S. Supreme Court which finally declared such state laws unconstitutional. Hear the story from Epperson herself! (Currently Ms. Epperson teaches biology and chemistry at the University of Colorado–Colorado Springs.)