The Montgomery County public school system will continue its year-long focus on the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education on Monday with a discussion of the impact of the decision and steps needed to fulfill its promise of racial integration.

The commemoration, sponsored in collaboration with the American Film Institute, will include local leaders, clips of the 1991 miniseries "Separate but Equal" and videotaped interviews with one of the attorneys from the Brown case and local residents who attended segregated schools in Montgomery County.

The event will be held at the American Film Institute Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., in Silver Spring, beginning with a reception at 6:45 p.m. The program will run from 7:45 until 9:30 p.m. The event is free, but reservations are required.

Highlights of the program are the following:

* A panel discussion by local leaders on what is being done and remains to be done in the county to ensure that the promise of the Supreme Court decision is a reality for all residents. Participants will include Sharon W. Cox, president of the school board; County Council member Michael L. Subin (D-At large); Odessa Shannon, executive director of the Montgomery County Human Rights Commission; Henry Hailstock, president of the Montgomery branch of the NAACP; Henry Lee, board member of the Asian American Political Alliance; and Nancy Navarro, a co-director of Centro Familia.

* A discussion involving George Stevens Jr., founding director of the American Film Institute, who will use clips from "Separate but Equal," which stars Sidney Poitier in the role of Thurgood Marshall; Claudio Sanchez, education correspondent for National Public Radio; and James Forman Jr., professor of law at Georgetown University.

* Comments by School Superintendent Jerry D. Weast, school board Vice President Reginald M. Felton, County Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D) and council member Steven A. Silverman (D-At large).

To make reservations, contact MaryKay Able-Grapsas at 301-279-3364 or For more information, contact Kate Harrison at 301-279-3853 or