Linda Brown who was the little third-grade girl at the center of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case has died at the ago of 76, reports The Topeka Captial Journal. Brown’s sister, Cheryl Brown Henderson, confirmed her passing.
The Supreme Court’s decision in the monumental case led to the end of segregation in schools throughout America.
The case was opened after Oliver Brown, Brown’s father, was denied enrollment of his daughter in the all-white Summer Elementary School in 1951 near the family’s home in Topeka, Kansas. Instead, Linda would be assigned to attend an all-Black school miles away. After about two years on trial, the Supreme Court unanimously declared it was unconstitutional for states to establish laws to create separate public schools based on race. This event would be one of many that fueled the Civil Rights Movement.
Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer commented on Brown’s life and legacy: “Sixty-four 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.”
Cheryl Brown said her sister’s funeral arrangements will be handled by Peaceful Rest Funeral Chapel of Topeka and that the family will not comment on the death.