Linda Brown lived to be 75, but, her memory will go on forever. In 1954 a then 9-year-old Brown would go on with her father to sue her local school district in Topeka Kansas so she could go to school with her friends. At this time in U.S history, blacks-and-whites were not allowed to go to school together, it, was almost unheard of.
For those that don’t know who she is, Linda Brown was the Brown in Brown v Board of Education — a landmark Supreme Court ruling that would forever overturn the ban on blacks going to school with their white friends. At the age of 9, her father, Rev. Oliver Brown helped sue the district because she had wanted to go to school four blocks from home — instead of being forcibly bused more than 20 blocks away to a blacks-only school.
The Washington Post has more on her heartwarming story into history.