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1.My name is Linda Brown and I was born in Topeka, Kansas. My life during the 1950's was full of segregation. Many things were separated between white and black people. Things like water fountains, schools and restaurants were only for a certain race. In the south, there were laws stating that black and white people were to be segregated. It was so hard to live through these times. There was so many restrictions about what you couldn't do and where you couldn't go. Some of the laws that were used were called the Jim Crow's laws. These laws stated that public schools, public transportation, public restrooms, and restaurants were to be separated between black and white people. Even though we have some of the same stuff, it seems like white people have higher quality things than we have. White people seem to have better restaurants, water fountains, and even better education provided at schools.
-A picture that shows an example of segregation. A man has to use a different water fountain because of the color of his skin.
-This picture shows how people have to use a different dining because of their skin color.
-A picture of a sign stating that only white people are allowed on the premises.
-This picture is a sign that says "We cater to white trade only".
-This picture shows another example of segregation and how someone must use a different water fountain because of their skin color.
2. I remember whenever I would walk to school, I always had to walk past one school to get to mine. I didn't understand why I had to go to a school further away if there was one closer. My father tried to enroll me into the school but the principal of the school refused.My father, Oliver Brown, decided to sue the school. During 1951, the Brown vs. The Board of Education of Topeka case stated that state laws were establishing separate schools for black and white students and denying black students equal educational opportunities. On August 1953, the Topeka elementary schools began to end segregation. I then went to a school that had both black and white students.
-A group of people protesting segregation in schools.
-A group of people protesting mixing races in schools.
-Linda Brown and her sister walking to school.
-An all black school classroom.
-A picture of Linda Brown in a mixed-race school.
3. I don't see as much segregation as before than I do nowadays. There isn't that much separation between races. Racism and segregation still exist though. Today, my sister and I are working to end segregation that still exists. Our goal is to stop segregation all over the world. I go to schools to talk to students and tell them about my story. I try to teach them how segregation isn't the right thing and that different races shouldn't live apart.
-Cheryl Brown Henderson(left) and Linda Brown(right) making a speech.
-Linda Brown standing in front of Sumner School 13 years after the school refused to admit her as a student.
-Front page of a newspaper after the Brown vs. The Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas case.
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