Linda Brown, Daughter Of Brown V. Board Plaintiff, Has Died

27 March, 2018, 18:57 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Linda Brown, Center of Watershed Desegregation Case, Dies at 76

Linda Brown, who as a schoolgirl was at the center of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that rejected racial segregation in American schools, died in Topeka, Kan., Sunday afternoon.

Her father, Oliver Brown, tried to enroll the family in an all-white school in Topeka, and the case was sparked when he and several black families were turned away.

She brought a second case as an adult against the Topeka schools in 1979, arguing that the district's schools still weren't desegregated.

It is Linda Brown's father, Oliver, whose name is attached to the famous case, although the suit that ended up in the United States Supreme Court actually represented a number of families in several states.

This event would be one of many that fueled the Civil Rights Movement. No cause of death was released.

Campbell described her as a "very quiet person, but spiritual, patient and very kind". She later worked as an educational consultant and public speaker. She lived in Topeka.

Sherrilyn Ifill said in a statement that Brown "stands as an example of how ordinary schoolchildren took center stage in transforming this country". She declined comment from the family.


"Does segregation of children in public schools exclusively on the basis of race, even though the physical facilities and other "tangible" factors may be equal, deprive the children of the minority group of equal educational opportunities?" A year later, the high court handed down a plan for how desegregation was to be carried out, ruling that it should proceed with "all deliberate speed".

Many schools had always been segregated as part of a wider system of discrimination known as the Jim Crow laws that persisted largely across the southern United States.

The NAACP, as well as the Governer of Kansas, tweeted in memory of Brown and her contributions to Black rights.

"Linda Brown's life reminds us that sometimes the most unlikely people can have an incredible impact and that by serving our community we can truly change the world", Colyer wrote. Linda Brown and her sister founded in 1988 the Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research. The NAACP announced that civil rights icon Linda Brown has died today. "I played with children that were white, children that were Indian, and black children in my neighborhood".

As a mother of two children who had attended racially diverse schools, she said, "By them going to an integrated school, they are advancing much more rapidly than I was at the age that they are now". The school's refusal to accept her led her father to meet with the NAACP. At the time, the school only admitted white students.

Nor were her parents dissatisfied with the black school she was attending. "I really think of it in terms of what it has done for our young people, in taking away that feeling of second-class citizenship", shehad said, Los Angeles Times reported. "And then when wintertime came, it was a very cold walk". "I remember the steps being so big and I was so small".

Though segregation was illegal in schools after the Brown v Board ruling, it nonetheless continued because of opposition from racists as well as due to the prevalence of separate black and white neighborhoods, which led to de facto segregation in local schools. He attempted to enroll her in Sumner Elementary School in 1951.

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