Brown v. Board of Education, one of the most prolific Supreme Court cases history, resulted in the ending of segregation in American Schools. The important trial revolved around Linda Brown, who recently passed away at the age of 75.
While she was only nine years old, Brown’s father, Oliver Brown attempted to enroll her at Sumner Elementary school, near their home in Topeka, Kansas. The school at the time was whites only and blocked her from attending. Her father then sued the Topeka Board of Education. In total, four cases joined Brown’s as they were presented to the Supreme Court in 1954.
This case overturned the ruling of a different prolific Supreme Court case “Plessy v Ferguson” which ruled in favor of separate but equal education, allowing legal reasoning for racist and discriminatory laws and policies.
Linda Brown’s name has been cemented in the push for equal access to quality education and her friend Carolyn Campbell does not want anyone to forget her other, important work done during the Civil Rights movement.
“Linda was a spiritual Christian woman that loved not only the Lord, but she loved her family and took on the responsibility of what Brown v Board of Education meant to her. Her legacy will be that she shared her life with all of us.” shares Campbell with CNN.
The impact of Brown v. Board was not instantaneous nationwide yet the victory allowed the Supreme Court to provide legal basis against segregated schools and begin the process. Following Brown v Board, Sumner Elementary School became a national landmark and in former president George H.W. Bush signed the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site Act of 1992.
“Linda Brown is one of that special brand of heroic young people who, along with her family, courageously fought to end the ultimate symbol of white supremacy — racial segregation in public schools. She stands as an example of how ordinary schoolchildren took center stage in transforming this country” says Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counself of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.