Brown v. Board of Education

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Comment by Ramon Noches on February 21st, 2009 at 10:53 pm

There is much speculation about the case and information such as you have published that would indicate Reverend Brown may have been a leader in the case. In fact he was not even a member of the local NAACP Chapter, which did all of the “heavy lifting” in developing the case. Those who were involved several years before the Topeka case went before the courts were McKinley Burnett; Lucinda Todd, and Attorney Bledsoe. These were the people who initially contacted the National NAACP Chapter about moving forward legally; Lucinda Todd writing the first correspondence to the national office of the NAACP; quickly followed by correspondence from the others. Legal Defense Fund Attorney, Robert Carter was designated by Thurgood Marshall as his Topeka representative. Attorney Carter responded to a letter he had received from Attorney Bledsoe in which he outlined the initial strategies of the case. Original copies of this correspondence are currently archived at the Kansas Historical Society at the following URL: . I commend to you this site to ensure what you place in your Encyclopedia has access to the provenance these documents provide.

Comment by Robert Brooks on September 26th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Dear Ramon Noches,

Kindly forgive the lateness of our reply.

We read your observations with great interest. The link to the Kansas Hiostorical society and Lucinda Todd has been added to the article. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do to uplift the brave struggle of Ms. Todd and her compatriots.

Thank you and keep reading,
Robert Brooks
Managing Editor

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