Linda Brown, Civil Rights Icon Of Brown V. Board Of Education, Dies At 75

by Ellyce Ferguson

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.

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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.

Other notable figures who have paid honor and respect to the civil rights pioneer on social media include Kamala Harris and Ava DuVernay.

Her brave fight against school segregation will be remembered for generations to come!

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