Summary: civil rights icon whose father tried to enroll her in an all-white school in Topeka, Kansas when she was a girl after he and several other black families were turned away, sparking the Brown v. Board of Education case that challenged segregation in public schools in a 1954 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that followed by striking down racial segregation in schools and cementing her place in history as a central figure in the landmark case.
Cause of Death: Undisclosed causes
Born: February 20, 1943
Died: March 25, 2018
Location: Topeka, Kansas