The Passing of Linda Brown (Brown v. Education)

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Image of a young Linda BrownIn 1954, Brown v. Board of Education was one of the biggest legal victories of the civil rights era, overturning the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson “separate but equal” case. Federal government was given the right to force states to integrate their schools, which allowed children of color equal opportunity for attending schools.

Linda Brown, the young girl at the center of Brown v. Education passed away Monday March 26, 2018 at the age of 76. Her father, Rev. Oliver Brown sued the Topeka, Kansas school board so that his daughter would have the right to attend the schools that were at the time all-white. Brown’s case was combined with four other school segregation cases to be heard by the Supreme Court.

Despite the decision, it took many years of continued legal battles and protests before ending segregation completely. The end of segregation also did not end the social issues surrounding racism that have persisted in this country over the years. Over time people have continued to fight for equal rights with perseverance, hope, and unity, using the legal system, politics, and social platforms. Let us all reflect on the impacts of this case on our nation as we remember Linda Brown, and her family’s contributions to equality in this country.

For further reading on the Brown v. Education case and its impact, our library has some wonderful print and electronic resources. Visit the law library’s catalog and perform a keyword or advanced search with “Brown v. Education.” You can use the various filters in the left hand navigation to narrow your results to desired resources. You can also visit or contact the law library’s reference librarians, who are a great resource for more in depth searching.

There is also a wide range of coverage on Linda Brown’s life and her passing from local and national news outlets, including NPR, Huffpost, Time, and the Linda Brown Biography.

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Rebecca Bearden
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Rebecca works primarily within acquisitions and serials, by processing and receiving monographic and serial book orders, recordkeeping, and ensuring database integrity, as well as assisting with catalog maintenance and electronic resource management. She provides customer service between the library and vendors for book order and subscription related issues. She holds a B.A. from Eastern Connecticut State University, and an M.L.S. from Southern Connecticut State University.