In May 1954, the United States Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education stating that racially segregated education was unconstitutional and therefore illegal. This decision directly challenged the long held belief that separate schools were acceptable as long as they were equal to each other. Even with equal schools, the courts ruled that there were still adverse effects of segregation.
   Many connections between the cases of Webb and Brown existed. Several of the people who had been involved in Webb were also instrumental in the following case. Esther
Brown worked with the NAACP in Topeka to organize the lawsuit and encouraged Oliver Brown to allow his daughter, Linda, to be the lead plaintiff. Esther even helped raise money for the case. The Brown attorneys, Charles and John Scott, were the sons of Elisha Scott who had worked on the Webb case.

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Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site
1515 S.E. Monroe Street
Topeka, KS 66612-1143
785-354-4273

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