National Faith Leader Mourns Linda Brown


March 27, 2018


Michelle Nealy,, (202)735-7123

National Faith Leader Mourns Linda Brown

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Linda Brown, the small child who sat at the center of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case, died Sunday at the age of 75. She was 9-years-old in 1951 when her father, Oliver Brown, tried to enroll her at Sumner Elementary School, then an all-white school near her Topeka home. Brown v. Board ruled that segregated schools were unconstitutional. Today, many public schools are returning to a de facto segregation.

Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO, Faith in Public Life and Former Chair of the White House Council on Faith and Neighborhood Partnerships:

“I grieve the passing of Linda Brown. Her strength and witness changed American history. As we continue to fight the demons of segregation, bigotry and racism, I pray that her example inspires us to live up to our values of justice and equality for all.”


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