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Brown v Board of Education of Topeka Brown v Board of Education was not the first Supreme Court case of its kind In the 1896 case of Plessy v Ferguson the Supreme Court ruled that separate but equal segregation of public facilities was not a violation of the constitution This ruling was considered constitutional as long as the schools for blacks provided the same education as the whites received at their schools this was obviously not the case Following this ruling separate schools for blacks and whites became a basic rule in the south At this time Jim Crow Laws had also been passed throughout the south which established separate facilities for blacks and whites in everything from schools to water fountains Seven year old Linda Brown walked a mile to her school in Topeka Kansas every day Even though there was a school Sumner Elementary located within four blocks of her house Linda was not allowed to attend Every day when she would walk to the bus stop this young girl would pass by the school and wonder to herself why she couldnt simply go there but instead had to travel so far to a different school The reason she couldnt go to the local school was simple she was black Lindas father Oliver Brown tried to enroll her in the all white Sumner Elementary School to make things a little bit easier on them and to get a better education for his daughter Both the superintentendent of the school and the members of the school board were strong supporters of segregation and hole-heartedly opposed the idea of allowing a black girl to attend there school Oliver Brown did not take this opposition with a grain of salt Mr Brown felt that there was absolutely no reason why young Linda Brown should not be able
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