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Linda Brown of 1954 case 'Brown v Board of Ed' dies

Linda Brown of 1954 case 'Brown v Board of Ed' dies

In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court overruled the "separate but equal" clause and mandated that schools nationwide must be desegregated.

"Linda's father, Oliver, became lead plaintiff in Brown v. Board after trying to enroll her in an all-white school in 1951".

It was due to Brown v. Board of Education that the federal government could force states to integrate schools, allowing children of color the opportunity for an equal education to white children. They all challenged the constitutionality of racial segregation in public schools.

"I just couldn't understand", Brown told NPR 19 years after the milestone decision.

Hello, my name is John Witiw, and you may remember me as a writer for Viral Pirate, Frontrunner Magazine, or even NTD Television, but now I'm here. Bruce said she was not at liberty to provide additional information on the circumstances of Brown's death.

But the case alone did not change the reality on the ground sufficiently, and Brown found herself continuing the fight 25 years later when she became one of eight parents who demanded the case to be reopened on the grounds that Topeka schools remained effectively segregated.

"I could tell something was wrong, and he came out and took me by the hand and we walked back home", she said of her father.

In an interview with The Miami Herald in 1987, Linda Brown remembered the fateful day in September 1950 when her father took her to the Sumner School.

This undated file photo, location unknown, shows Linda Brown. The cases were combined and made it to the Supreme Court collectively known as Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. "May she rest in power", said the Congressional Black Caucus.

Brown never got the chance to attend Sumner.

The neighborhood the family lived in was integrated. "It was hard for Linda to be pushed into the spotlight at a young age".

But segregation was far from over despite the court ruling, and integration was bitterly opposed by some whites.

The school district maintained four elementary schools for black children, compared with the 18 available for white children.

Brown died Sunday afternoon in Topeka, Kansas, Peaceful Rest Funeral Chapel spokesman Tyson Williams said. Topeka Capital-Journal archives indicate the plaintiffs sued the school district for not following through with desegregation.

The judges at the lower court went on to rule that Topeka's system was acceptable, saying the schools were substantially equal in their facilities and teachers. The case would drag on for years, but eventually brought the end of segregated schools in Topeka in 1993.

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer noted Brown's passing in a tweet Monday.

"The life of every American has been touched by Linda Brown", Ifill said in a statement released to HuffPost. Linda Brown and her sister founded in 1988 the Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research.

Brown in 1985 also spoke about the case and its importance in shaping her life.

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".

"I played with children that were Spanish-American".

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