Governor Attending Zelma Henderson Funeral

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has been invited to attend the funeral of the last surviving Topeka plaintiff in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case.

Spokeswoman Nicole Corcoran said the governor will attend the service at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

She earlier sent a letter of condolence to the family of Zelma Henderson who died this week at 88.

In 1950, Henderson signed onto litigation on behalf of her children challenging Topeka's segregated schools. She was among 13 parents, including the Rev. Oliver Brown.

The U.S. Supreme Court combined Brown with similar cases from three other states. In 1954, the court ruled that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional.

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