Linda Brown, lead plaintiff in Brown v Board case, dies

Linda Brown, lead plaintiff in Brown v Board case, dies

Linda Brown, lead plaintiff in Brown v Board case, dies

Peaceful Rest Funeral Chapel of Topeka independently confirmed Brown's death with HuffPost.

Linda Brown died on Sunday in Topeka, Kansas, her sister Cheryl Brown Henderson, founding president of The Brown Foundation, confirmed to The Topeka Capital-Journal.

Linda Brown, who as a little girl was at the center of the Brown v. Board of Education case that ended segregation in American schools, has died, a funeral home spokesman said. The case would drag on for years, but eventually brought the end of segregated schools in Topeka in 1993.

She said, "Her daddy told her he was going to try his best to do something about it and see that that was done away". In 1979, she worked with the American Civil Liberties Union to reopen the original Brown V. Board case over continued unequal treatment of children in Topeka schools.

Kansas governor Jeff Colyer tweeted his condolences, saying that the actions of Brown and her family had had an "incredible impact" on the world.

Packaged together, the suits were successfully argued by an NAACP legal team led by Thurgood Marshall, who later served as a Supreme Court justice. This event would be one of many that fueled the Civil Rights Movement.

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.

Amazingly enough, the only schools in the Topeka system that were not integrated were elementary schools, prompting her father, a local welder and pastor, to join with the NAACP to challenge the rule. As for her role in the landmark case, Brown came to embrace it, if reluctantly. She said she wanted to attend the school because the school where blacks were required to go was two miles from her home and too far and too cold to walk.

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Brown was 9 years old when her father was barred from enrolling her at an all-white school in 1951.

Brown in 1985 also spoke about the case and its importance in shaping her life.

"We feel disheartened that 40 years later we're still talking about desegregation", Brown Thompson told The Washington Post in 1994.

Linda Carol Brown was born February 20, 1943, according to the funeral home. "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. She landed on the nation's radar after having to travel a long distance to attend elementary school after an all-white school near her home would not admit her.

When photographers swarmed her classroom after the decision, on the first day of school in September 1954, she said her classmates thought it "was very funny" they were taking pictures of her.

She is survived by a son and a daughter as well as other relatives, it said.

"My parents tried to explain this to me but I was too young at that time to understand".

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