Brown, baseball and Cotton-eyed Joe
from CBC.ca archives | Mon, 17 May 2004
From an online column by Martin O'Malley
At the start of the school year in 1951, 10-year-old Linda Brown headed to a segregated black elementary school a mile from her home in Topeka, Kansas. Her father, Oliver Brown, had tried to enroll Linda in a white elementary school in the neighbourhood where she grew up, where most of her playmates were white.
The principal of the school refused Linda admission, so her father asked the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for help. The request could not have been more timely, as the NAACP had been waiting for years for the "perfect plaintiff" to challenge segregation in U.S. public schools.