USD 383 board members approve naming of newest elementary school

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KMAN Radio, WIBW USD 383 has approved naming its newest elementary school after a Topeka civil rights pioneer.

According to KMAN Radio, the Manhattan-Ogden Board of Education approved Thursday the naming of the new elementary school in Blue Township Oliver Brown Elementary.

Oliver Brown is the namesake and lead plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case, Brown v. Topeka Board of Education.

The 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision declared racial segregation of public schools is unconstitutional.

Assistant Superintendent Eric Reid says they were initially going to name the school after Oliver's daughter Linda Brown.

USD 383 officials says the selection promotes the district's desire for diversity.