Epperson anniversary highlighted in Church & State

11.02.2018

Cover of Church & State

The fiftieth anniversary of Epperson v. Arkansas, the 1968 Supreme Court case that struck down Arkansas's ban on the teaching of evolution, was celebrated in "She Stood for Science," published in the November 2018 issue of Church & State, the monthly magazine of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

"The Epperson decision was literally pivotal," NCSE's executive director Ann Reid told the magazine. "By putting a long-overdue end to the Scopes-era bans on the teaching of evolution, it empowered science teachers across the country to teach evolution more accurately, more honestly[,] and more confidently."

NCSE's deputy director Glenn Branch added, "The Epperson decision reshaped the legal landscape and has had a continuing impact not only on jurisprudence but also in what is being taught in evolution [classrooms]. Biology teachers, whether they know it or not, have benefitted from Susan Epperson standing up for teaching it."

The Epperson v. Arkansas case is also the subject of Amanda Glaze's "Looking Back with Epperson, Fifty Years Later," recently published (PDF, pp. 4-6) in Reports of the NCSE, and a series of four blog posts under the title "Forty-Five Years after Epperson" by NCSE's Glenn Branch posted on NCSE's blog in 2013.