Woman at center of Brown v. Topeka BOE case dies at 76
The woman, who more than 60 years ago was at the center of an historic Supreme Court case involving education equality, has died at the age of 76
Linda Brown was at the center of the 1954 Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education Supreme Court decision that ended school segregation in the United States.
Topeka's former Sumner School was all-white when her father, Oliver, tried to enroll the family. He became lead plaintiff in the Brown v. Board of Education decision.
reports Linda Brown's sister, the founding president of
, confirmed Brown's death and that Topeka's Peaceful Rest Funeral Chapel will handle arrangements.
“(Brown's) legacy is not only here but nationwide,” Kansas Deputy Education Commissioner Dale Dennis told The Capital-Journal. “The effect she had on our society would be unbelievable and insurmountable.”