Brigham Young University Prelaw Review


Abbie Froerer


desegregation, Brown v. Board of Education, Supreme Court


The landmark case regarding school desegregation, Brown v. Board o/ Education of Topeka, was brought by Oliver Brown on behalf of his daughter Linda. Under Kansas law, cities with populations over 15,000 were permitted, but not required, to provide two separate school facilities for white and colored students (Kansas. Gen. Stat. §72- 1724, 1949). Topeka chose to segregate its elementary schools. Consequently, Linda was forced to walk twenty blocks to attend an all-black grade school rather than attend the all-white one in her neighborhood. Several other black families joined the Browns in pursuing their goal.

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