New Kansas mural celebrates Brown v. Board of Education

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Statehouse has a new mural commemorating the landmark Brown v. Topeka Board of Education ruling that struck down racial segregation in public schools.

The mural was unveiled Thursday on the 64th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson said the mural is a reminder of the people who struggled against school segregation and "inspires us to achieve the full promise" of the decision. Robinson is Kansas' first black federal judge.

"Black, white and brown children benefit, and even blossom," Robinson said. "In a learning environment in which they have shared experiences and equal opportunities, shared affinity and united community."

The 22-feet-wide (8-meters-wide) mural has three sections depicting the controversy surrounding the 1954 decision and its legacy.

Governor Jeff Colyer helped unveil the mural and said that it's a thanks to Kansans like the Brown family for their selflessness.

Linda Brown, the young Topeka girl at the center of the ruling, died in March. The NAACP sued after persuading her father and other black parents to try to enroll children in all-white schools.