Linda Brown, Center Of Brown v. Board Of Education Decision, Has Died

March 26, 2018

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Linda Brown, the center of the most famous case that ended segregation in public schools, has died at the age of 74. 

Linda Brown's father, Oliver Brown, enrolled Linda at an all-white school in Topeka, Kansas in the mid-1950s. She was turned away, as well as other black families who wanted to enroll in that school. 

NCAAP and Oliver Brown challenged the school, which lead to the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education. The decision was made by the Supreme Court where it ended school segregation. 

"She stands as an example of how odrinary schoolchildren took center stage in transforming this country. It was not easy for her or her family, but her sacrifice broke barriers and changed the meaning of equality in this country," says Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel at NCAAP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on May 17th, 1954, that separating black and white children was unconsitutional. This case overturned Plessy v. Ferguson case where the decision was made on May 18th, 1896 establishing "separate but equal". 

Linda's sister, Cheryl Brown Henderson confirmed her death.

RIP Linda Brown

 

Marco A. Salinas

Associated Press