Linda Brown, a civil rights activist who was the lead name in the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education, which led to the prohibition of U.S. school segregation in 1954 died on Sunday. Born in February 1942 in Topeka, the capital of Kansas, Brown was barred from attending the elementary school four blocks away from her home in 1951 due to segregation, which allowed only white people for admission. As Brown was an African-America, she had to travel a significant distance to attend an elementary school rather than going to Sumner School in Topeka, which was closer to her house. I only knew that I wanted to go to Sumner," she said later. Her father, Rev. Oliver L. Brown, an assistant minister at St. Mark's African Methodist Episcopal Church became the lead plaintiff in the case when in 1950, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People asked a group of African-American parents to attempt to enroll their children in all-white schools.
Linda Brown, whose attempt to enrol in an all-white school led to a landmark US civil rights ruling, has died at 76. As an African-American child, Ms Brown was barred from attending an elementary school in Topeka, Kansas in 1951. Her father became the lead plaintiff in a case by families that argued that the idea of "separate but equal" violated African-American civil rights. The 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling struck down legal segregation in US schools. We want to remember Linda Brown, the woman at the center of the Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court Case.
In their legal work, Hill and Robinson fought for equality in voting, education, housing, transportation and pay. Their most famous case was Davis v. County School Board of Prince Edward County. It went on to be one of the five pivotal cases in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, which led the U.S. Supreme Court to declare school segregation unconstitutional in 1954.
"Sixty-four years ago, a young girl from Topeka, Kansas sparked a case that ended segregation in public schools in America," Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer said in a statement. "Linda Brown's life reminds us that by standing up for our principles and serving our communities we can truly change the world. Linda's legacy is a crucial part of the American story and continues to inspire the millions who have realized the American dream because of her."