NSBA Statement: Recognizing Linda Brown for Her Courage

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Recognizing Linda Brown for Her Courage

Alexandria, Va. - NSBA Executive Director & CEO Thomas J. Gentzel today released the following statement in response to the passing of Linda Brown, the daughter of Oliver L. Brown, the named plaintiff in the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education:

“The passing of Linda Brown is a sad day for supporters of public education. Brown is the central person in the historic case of Brown v. Board of Education, which profoundly impacted public education by ending segregation in public schools.

“Linda Brown was a courageous person and a pioneer in public education. Her sacrifice broke barriers and it created educational opportunities for millions of students who want to receive a quality education at their local public school. For her courage and her work as a Head Start teacher, Brown was an extraordinary person whose legacy will last forever.

“Because of the heroic effort by Brown and her family, public schools are the most diverse in history. And, the commitment to help students prepare for life, career and college has never been stronger.

 “Brown was a role model for everyone who supports public education and civil rights.”

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is the leading advocate for public education and supports equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership. NSBA believes education is a civil right necessary to the dignity and freedom of the American people, and all children should have equal access to an education that maximizes his or her individual potential. The association represents state school boards associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the U.S. www.nsba.org

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