Funeral Honors Last Surviving Brown v. Board Plantiff

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The governor is joining family and friends
of Zelma Henderson for her funeral.

Henderson is the last surviving plaintiff from Topeka in the
historic Brown v. Board of Education lawsuit.

That lawsuit and four others across the nation led to the U.S.
Supreme Court's 1954 ruling that declared segregated schools
unconstitutional.

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius planned to attend the Tuesday afternoon
service.

Henderson was among 13 parents in Topeka who sued the local
school board in 1950. They were challenging its policy of requiring
black students to attend segregated elementary schools.

The other plaintiffs included the Rev. Oliver Brown, whose name
was listed first.

Henderson died last week at 88, six weeks after being diagnosed
with pancreatic cancer.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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