Oral Histories: Remembering Brown v. Board of Education at 65


WATCH — A Brown v. Board Oral History: Brigitte Brown Recalls How Her Mother’s Lawsuit in Delaware Helped Win Over the Supreme Court on School Segregation

May 14, 2019

Brigitte Brown is the daughter of Ethel Louise Belton, a plaintiff in Delaware’s Belton (Bulah) v. Gebhart case that was later consolidated as part of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case.

In this interview, Brown recounts the story of how her grandmother became part of the legal fight for racial equality in public schools.

Brigitte was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, and attended the University of Delaware on an academic scholarship, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts/visual communications and a minor in biology. In 2015, Brigitte launched a consulting and contracting company called B.I.G. Consulting and Contracting; B.I.G. stands for “Because I’m a Girl.”

Learn more about the five cases that became Brown v. Board and see more testimonials from the families who changed America’s schools at our new site: The74Million.org/Brown65.

Stay informed.
Invest in independent journalism. And help The 74 make an impact.

Help us reach our Spring Campaign membership goal.

Disclosure: The Walton Family Foundation provides financial support to The 74 and funded The Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research in producing the new book Recovering Untold Stories: An Enduring Legacy of the Brown v. Board of Education Decision.


Sign up for The 74’s newsletter