Linda Brown remembered as a hero in Civil Rights movement

Posted March 28, 2018

Linda Brown, the civil rights activist at the centre of the legal case which ended school segregation in the U.S., has died at the age of 76.

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.

Linda Brown, who became the focal point of the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court case when she was 9, has died at 76 years old. "The struggle to end "separate but equal" continues as our schools are becoming increasingly more segregated".

According her family, The Topeka case in Brown was the brainchild of McKinley Burnett, who was president of the local NAACP at the time. "Linda Brown's life reminds us that by standing up for our principles and serving our communities we can truly change the world".

In 1954, after hearing arguments from future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the high court exposed that "separate but equal" standard as essentially convenient legal fiction. This event would be one of many that fueled the Civil Rights Movement.

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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.

A number of black families in Topeka were plaintiffs but the Browns became synonymous with the case because of the decision to attach their name to the lawsuit.

The National Parks Service operates the Brown v. Board of Education national historic site at 15th and Monroe streets in Topeka.

For much of the sixty years preceding the Brown case, race relations in the United States had been dominated by racial segregation. It began after several black families in Topeka were turned down when they tried to enroll their children in white schools near their homes.

As for her role in the landmark case, Ms.

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

The NAACP, which had encouraged Oliver Brown and other black parents to enroll their children in white schools, consolidated that case with those from other states.

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

"The life of every American has been touched by Linda Brown", Ifill said in a statement released to HuffPost.

For several years, Thompson worked as a Head Start teacher and for a time taught private piano lessons.

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She is survived by a son and a daughter as well as other relatives, it said. "It was not easy for her or her family, but her sacrifice broke barriers and changed the meaning of equality in this country", Ms Ifill said. Brown was in an integrated junior high school. "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.