Linda Brown
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On Sunday (March 25), civil rights icon Linda Brown passed away at the age of 76.

Brown was 9 years old when her father sued The Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas for unlawfully restricting her from attending a summer school that, at the time, was all white.

The case made its way to The Supreme Court in 1954 and set the course for the modern Civil Rights Movement by striking down “separate but equal.” The case was argued by Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first black justice appointed to The Supreme Court.

Celebrities like Ava DuVernay, Naomi Campbell, and recently elected Senator Doug Jones shared their admiration and condolences for Brown on Twitter. Many used the caption “Rest in Power.”

Brown went on to be an educational consultant and a public speaker, advocating for activism today.