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Civil Rights Pioneer Leola Montgomery to Receive Award

Leola Montgomery Brown sits in her living room in Topeka next to a blanket depicting the Brown v. Board of Education decision.  Her husband, Oliver Brown, seen behind her, was the lead plaintiff in the case. (Photo by Carla Eckels, KMUW Radio)

Leola Montgomery is just three years shy of 100 years old. She’s the widow of Reverend Oliver Brown, the lead plaintiff in the 1954 landmark case, Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka. Montgomery is scheduled be in Wichita tomorrow (SAT) to receive a special recognition award for her family’s role in the civil rights decision. Montgomery recently talked with Carla Eckels of KMUW Radio in Wichita about the case and about her life since the historic decision.


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Carla Eckels is a reporter for KMUW Radio and a contributor to Kansas Public Radio and the Kansas News Service.  Follow her on Twitter @Eckels.

 

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