The organization that led the historic legal battle with her, confirmed her death on Monday.
The decision of the United States Supreme Court on the “Brown v. Board of Education “in 1954 was a key moment in the movement to end discriminatory practices against Blacks in the United States, but discrimination, racism and racial tensions hang over the country more than 60 years later. .
“Linda Brown, who was one of the young schoolgirls at the heart of Brown v. Board of Education, passed away today at the age of 76 , ” said a statement from the anti-racist organization National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
“She is an example of how ordinary school children have taken center stage in transforming this country,” Sherrilyn Ifill, a senior official at the organization, wrote on Monday.
” Linda Brown is one of those heroic young people who, along with her family, have bravely fought to end the ultimate symbol of white supremacy – racial segregation in public schools,” says the leader of that organization, founded in 1909 to to defend the cause of the blacks. “It was not easy for her or for her family, but her sacrifice broke down barriers.”
In the early 1950s, Linda’s father, Oliver Brown, sought to enroll his daughter in an all-white school near the family home in Topeka, Kansas, but was told that she had to go to an all-black school. Brown turned to the courts for justice in a case that was part of an anti-segregation push by the NAACP.
The Kansas case has been combined with others from Delaware, South Carolina and Virginia as well as the capital, Washington. For example, the United States Supreme Court was seized for the “Brown v. Board of Education “. She became the first black to integrate a school of whites in the southern United States.
On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that segregation was unconstitutional.