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FILE - This May 8, 1964 file photo shows Linda Brown Smith standing in front of the Sumner School in Topeka, Kansas. The refusal of the public school to admit Brown in 1951, then nine years old, because she is black, led to the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court overruled the "separate but equal" clause and mandated that schools nationwide must be desegregated.  (AP Photo, File)MoreCloseclosemore
FILE - This May 8, 1964 file photo shows Linda Brown Smith standing in front of the Sumner School in Topeka, Kansas. The refusal of the public school to admit Brown in 1951, then nine years old, because she is black, led to the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court overruled the "separate but equal" clause and mandated that schools nationwide must be desegregated. (AP Photo, File)

Linda Brown, the woman at the center of the case that made public school segregation illegal, has died. We're talking about the impact she made on public education in America.

Guests:

Kevin D. Brown, Richard S. Melvin Professor of Law, Indiana University's Maurer School of Law.

Dr. Tiffany Anderson, superintendent of Topeka Public Schools.

From The Reading List:

NPR: Linda Brown Dies. She Was At The Center Of Brown v. Board Of Education — "In 1954, Linda Brown was the lead plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision that outlawed segregated public schools for black and white students. Brown was 76."

This segment aired on March 27, 2018.

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