BHM: Brown case changed schools
By HAILEY THAIN
Madras Middle School
(Editor’s Note: Hailey Thain is one of four Madras students chosen to read portions of their essays at the school’s Black History Month Program.)
Seven-year-old Linda Brown from Topeka, Kansas, had to ride the bus long distances every day to a rundown school that only African-Americans were permitted to attend when there was a school in her neighborhood that was much nicer.
Linda’s parents decided to take action, and so did a few others.
They won their case, which helped start the desegregation of public schools.
The courage of the Browns changed the lives of many for the better.
Especially important in our nation’s history was the 1963 church bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.
This event played a huge part in the Civil Rights Movement.
For once it happened, the world could no longer turn its head and sit idly by.