Linda Brown, who helped end United States school segregation, dies at 75

Linda Brown center of Brown v. Board case dies at 76

Linda Brown, a civil rights activist who was the lead name in the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education, which led to the prohibition of US school segregation in 1954 died on Sunday.

Her father, Oliver Brown, tried to enroll the family in an all-white school in Topeka, and the case was sparked when he and several black families were turned away.

"I didn't comprehend color of skin. When you look at the diversity of our community, I think we're already honoring her legacy".

Recalling the day her father first walked her by the hand to Sumner School, Brown said,"I remember him talking to the principal and I remember our brisk walk back home and how I could just feel the tension within him".

Schools were not the only segregated areas in America: there were also separate restaurants, bathrooms and water fountains for blacks and whites in parts of the country - something protesters held sit-ins to oppose as part of the civil rights movement.

The Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education led to the end of segregation in schools throughout America.

On 17 May 1954, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that separating black and white children was unconstitutional because it denied black children the 14th amendment guarantee of equal protection under the law.

However, despite shyness, Brown was a member of living history who traveled the country, sharing her monumental experience.

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Brown spent her whole life in her hometown and passed away there as well. The cause of her death has not been made public.

Linda Brown, who as a Kansas girl was at the center of the landmark US Supreme Court ruling that struck down racial segregation in schools, has died at age 75.

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer said Monday: "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".

Eventually Brown became an educational consultant and public speaker.

As a mother of two children who had attended racially diverse schools, she said, "By them going to an integrated school, they are advancing much more rapidly than I was at the age that they are now".

In the same interview, Brown's mother, Leola Brown, said she and her husband tried their best to help their daughter understand why she wasn't allowed in the school. The only schools that were not were elementary schools, including hers, Monroe Elementary School, she said. "In fact, it was several blocks up through railroad yards, and crossing a busy avenue, and standing on the corner, and waiting for the school bus to carry me two miles across town to an all-black school".

In 1950 her father, a welder and an associate pastor, joined the Topeka NAACP's legal challenge to a Kansas law that permitted racially segregated elementary schools in certain cities based on population.

He "felt that it was wrong for his child to have to go so far a distance to receive a quality education", Brown said in "Eyes on the Prize".

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