#Roommates, do you remember learning about the historic Brown v. Board case? The young girl who was at the center of that 1954 supreme court decision to declare state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students to be unconstitutional is Linda Brown. It is with great regret that we share that she passed away at age 75. Additional information about her death was not immediately available.
If you aren’t caught up to speed on Brown v. Board, things kicked off when Linda’s father, Oliver Brown tried to enroll her into an all-white Sumner Elementary School near the family’s home in Topeka back in 1951. Her admittance was declined and the family was told to enroll the child in the all-black Monroe school which was 2 miles from their home. At the time, there were 18 elementary schools for white children and only four for black children.
Oliver found refuge amongst 12 other plaintiffs in the NAACP’s legal challenge of segregated schooling in Kansas. Those cases and the cases from Washington, D.C., South Carolina, Virginia, and Delaware were consolidated into what we know as Brown v. Board of Education.
Oliver Brown responded by joining a dozen other plaintiffs in the NAACP’s legal challenge of segregated schooling in Kansas. Cases from the District of Columbia and four states — South Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, and Kansas — were consolidated into Brown v. Board of Education. The trial made it all of the way to the supreme court, who ultimately ruled it unconstitutional to have separate public schools for black and white children.
And think, Linda was only 75–makes you think, all of this was just some years back.
Source: The Topeka Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com/news/20180326/linda-brown-center-of-brown-v-board-case-dies-at-75
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