March 27, 2018
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Linda Brown, who was the little school girl that sparked the historic Supreme Court case, Brown vs. Board Of Education, has passed away at the age of 75 according to Associated Press.
The 1954 decision put an end to the “separate but equal” doctrine that perpetuated racial segregation in American schools. Linda’s father, Oliver Brown, sued the Board of Education in Tokepa, Kansas when he was blocked from enrolling his family into an all-white school. The case was fought and won by Thurgood Marshall, who was recently portrayed by Chadwick Boseman in a biopic.
Although Linda made history at the age of 9, when she grew up she became active in the civil rights movement and traveled the country speaking about her experience with the landmark case. The governor of Kansas, Jeff Colyer, tweeted a heartfelt statement about the leader’s great impact on the world.
64 years ago a young girl from Topeka brought a case that ended segregation in public schools in America. 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. #ksleg https://t.co/NN08FbGq7s
— Governor Jeff Colyer (@GovJeffColyer) March 26, 2018
Other notable figures who have paid honor and respect to the civil rights pioneer on social media include Kamala Harris and Ava DuVernay.
Linda Brown's passing is a reminder that our youth have always been our future. Her courage at such a young age to stand up to segregated schools forever changed the fight for our civil rights. I am sending my condolences to the Brown family, along with our entire nation. pic.twitter.com/75Nt0Z6hLn
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) March 27, 2018
Linda’s father, Oliver, became lead plaintiff in Brown v. Board after trying to enroll her in an all-white school in 1951. She was denied due to her race. NAACP challenged this. The Supreme Court ruled school segregation as unconstitutional in 1954. Hero. https://t.co/tNIGE6IW5h
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) March 26, 2018
Her brave fight against school segregation will be remembered for generations to come!
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