One of the most noteworthy women of our time has passed away.
Linda Brown, the then-little girl at the center of the Brown Vs. Board of Education case, passed away at the age of 75 on Sunday afternoon.
Brown Vs. Board of Education
In 1951, Linda Brown’s father wanted to enroll at Sumner Elementary School.
At the time, the school was only attended by white children.
After the school blocked her enrollment, her father, Oliver Brown, sued the Topeka Board of Education.
Four more cases were added to the suit in what is the landmark case of Oliver Brown et al v. Board of Education of Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, et al.
She is, without question, one of the most notable figures in American civil rights history.
The sacrifice made by the Brown family has benefitted millions of people.
Their entire family is an example of putting your own personal wants and needs aside for the betterment of society.
How the Case Came About
At the time, Linda and her sisters were forced to make a “very long” walk to catch a bus that had to drive them two miles to school.
The walk itself was dangerous, as the girls had to walk through a railroad yard and a very busy street.
During a 1985 interview, Brown stated, “I remember walking, tears freezing up on my face, because I began to cry because it was so cold, and many times I had to turn around and run back home.”
More Than Just a Name
While most people readily recognize Brown’s name, they know very little about the actual person.
Linda Brown was very active in her local community and church.
Her local church, St. Mark’s African Methodist Episcopal Church, had dedicated a piano to her for her work there with children.
Those that new her said she was a very “spiritual” person and liked by all.