Students Behind Historic Court Decision Reflect on Impact of Brown vs. Board of Education

OGDEN, Utah – It's been nearly 50 years since the Supreme Court's landmark ruling on Brown vs. the Board of Education, which called for an end to school segregation.

 Oliver Brown of Topeka, Kansas filed the original lawsuit, arguing that his third-grade daughter Linda shouldn’t have to walk more than a mile from home to attend Topeka’s black school when an all-white elementary school was much closer.

 Brown’s daughters Linda Brown Thompson and Cheryl Brown Henderson will speak at Weber State University’s Shepherd Union Ballroom, February 21 at 10 a.m. They will share their role in the case and assess how public schooling has changed since that historic decision.

 Thompson and Henderson’s appearance is sponsored by WSU’s convocations series in connection with WSU’s African American Emphasis Week and Black History Month. The event is free to the public.
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