This week, 2nd District Congressman Steve Watkins joined with Senator Pat Roberts to offer bipartisan resolutions in both Capitol Hill Chambers, to recognize the 65th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision ending segregation in Kansas and across the United States.
“It is important to recognize the contributions of Kansans like Oliver and Linda Brown and their fight to ensure there is equal justice for all Americans,” said Senator Roberts.
Congressman Watkins, who represents Coffeyville in DC, added: “At the age of just nine-years-old, Linda Brown’s courage remains an example of the best our nation has to offer. In 1954, in the face of decades of legalized discrimination, Linda Brown and her family emerged victorious at the Supreme Court.”
The US Supreme Court’s decision found that separate, but equal simply was not. The Brown Family of Topeka was represented by then future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. The resolutions had the support of the entire Kansas federal delegation.