Interview with Linda Brown Smith
QUESTION 5
INTERVIEWER:

CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR FATHER FOR US – OLIVER BROWN, WHAT IT WAS THAT HE WANTED TO ACHIEVE IN, IN THIS LAWSUIT AND THE KIND OF MAN HE WAS?

Linda Brown Smith:

My father was like a lot of other black parents here in Topeka at that time. They were concerned not about the quality of education that their children were receiving, they were concerned about the amount – or distance, that the child had to go to receive an education. Uh, my father believed very much in right, and he felt that it was wrong for black people to have to accept second-class citizenship, and that meant being segregated in their schools, when in fact, there were schools right in their neighborhoods that they could attend, and they had to go clear across town to attend an all-black school. And this is one of the reasons that he became involved in this suit, because he felt that it was wrong for his child to have to go so far a distance to receive a quality education.