Education: The Heirs of Oliver Brown

No State shall . . . deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. AMENDMENT XIV SECTION I EDUCATION The Heirs of Oliver Brown In Topeka, a landmark equality case is sti

"It was," Linda Brown Smith observed, "almost like Dad was still here, and I was reliving his days in court." Back in 1951, when she was a chubby third- grader in an all-black school, her father, Oliver Brown, was the name plaintiff in Brown v. Board of Education, the epochal case that rang down the curtain on legally segregated schools in the U.S. Thirty-five years later, the 43-year-old grandmother was about to take the witness stand as an intervening plaintiff in the very same case, charging that the public schools of Topeka had still not purged themselves of segregation despite the...

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