The woman at the center of a historic decision to end segregation in schools has died. In 1951, Linda Brown's parents tried to enroll her in a public school near their home in Topeka, Kansas. They were turned down because it was an all-white school. Her father sued the Board of Education. He was joined by plaintiffs in other cities. The case was presented to the Supreme Court as Brown v. Board of Ed. In 1954, the court ruled segregation in schools violated the 14th Amendment.