Linda Brown, the younger lady on the heart of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Courtroom case, handed away on Monday on the age of 76.
Brown’s sister, Cheryl Brown Henderson, confirmed the demise to the Topeka-Capital Journal. Peaceable Relaxation Funeral Chapel of Topeka independently confirmed Brown’s passing with HuffPost.
“Sixty-four years in the past a younger lady from Topeka introduced a case that ended segregation in public faculties in America,” Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer tweeted Monday. “Linda Brown’s life reminds us that generally essentially the most unlikely individuals can have an unimaginable impression and that by serving our neighborhood we will really change the world.”
It was Brown’s father, Rev. Oliver Brown, who sued the Topeka faculty board to permit his daughter the suitable to attend an all-white faculty within the Kansas capital metropolis. 4 other school segregation cases had been mixed with Brown’s to be heard by the Supreme Courtroom, however the justices’ unanimous ruling was named for Brown.
Brown, who was often known as Linda Carol Thompson after her marriage within the mid ’90s, was compelled to attend an all-black faculty far-off from her residence although an all-white faculty was solely blocks away.
Brown told MSNBC in 2014 that she remembered the embarrassment of being separated from her neighborhood buddies and the lengthy stroll to the bus cease.
“I bear in mind a few occasions turning round and going again residence as a result of I — you already know, it was a small city,” she stated. “I bought actually, actually chilly and would get residence and be crying. And mom would, you already know, she would attempt to heat me up and inform me it could be all proper and all the pieces.”
The Supreme Courtroom dominated unanimously in favor of Brown. In its resolution, the courtroom overturned the 1896 “separate however equal” ruling in Plessy v. Ferguson, marking the case as one of many greatest authorized victories of the civil rights period. It was as a result of Brown v. Board of Schooling that the federal authorities may drive states to combine faculties, permitting youngsters of coloration the chance for an equal training to white youngsters.
Brown credited her father and the opposite households who took their instances to courtroom for eradicating the “stigma of not having a selection” during a 1985 interview for the PBS documentary sequence “Eyes on the Prize.”
“I really feel that after 30 years, trying again on Brown v. The Board of Schooling, it has made an impression in all aspects of life for minorities all through the land,” Brown stated in the course of the interview. “I actually consider it when it comes to what it has finished for our younger individuals, in taking away that feeling of second class citizenship. I believe it has made the desires, hopes and aspirations of our younger individuals larger, at present.”
Even with the choice, it took years of protest and authorized battles earlier than segregation would finish. Solely three years after the Brown case, nine black students had to be escorted by federal guards as a way to safely attend the beforehand all-white Central Excessive College in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Authorized Protection and Instructional Fund, known as Brown heroic for her position in serving to to finish “final image of white supremacy.”
“The life of each American has been touched by Linda Brown,” Ifill stated in a press release launched to HuffPost. “This nation is indebted to her, the Brown household, and the various different households concerned within the instances that efficiently challenged faculty segregation.”
- This text initially appeared on HuffPost.