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Maurita (Burnett) Davis was born October 8, 1923, in Topeka, Kansas, to her mother Lena Jones Burnett and her father McKinley Burnett. She attended the segregated Monroe school for eight years before she entered the integrated Crane Junior High. Her interview focuses on her experiences with racial discrimination, her time at Monroe, and her father's work in the NAACP. In 1948 her father became president of the Topeka NAACP, and he would later organize members of the NAACP to challenge the segregation of public schools at the primary level (secondary schools were already integrated). These dedicated citizens would become plaintiffs in the landmark civil rights case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The interview was conducted by Jean VanDelinder. This interview has a signed release for scholarly or educational purposes only.

Creator: Davis, Maurita
Date: July 15, 1994

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This interview provides another female perspective to the Brown v. Board case, as well as the perspective of someone who was aware of the NAACP's work. It is especially useful since the records of the NAACP branch in Topeka are not owned by the historical society and cannot be put on Kansas Memory.

KS:11th:3.1:Brown v. Board (2005)

Item Number: 211839
Call Number: Brown v. Board Oral History Coll. 251, Box 1, Folder 14
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 211839

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