Jackson Honors a Civil Rights Activist

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DOWNTOWN JACKSON — Jackson city leaders, along with numerous friends and family, honored a civil rights activist Wednesday afternoon. More than a dozen came out to celebrate Brenda Kay Monroe-Moses’ birthday and honor her for her more than 50 years of service. Moses was recognized for her dedication for ensuring equal learning opportunities on behalf of all students and her continual journey for the promotion of equal rights for all. In 1962, fifteen year-old Brenda Kay Monroe-Moses became the child plaintiff in the class action desegregation lawsuit, Brenda K. Monroe, et al v. Jackson, Tennessee Board of Commissioners, to facilitate and accelerate integration; a landmark Supreme Court case of national influence. It became known in judicial history as one of several Brown v. Board “enforcement cases.” Moses was the first woman elected to the city council in Jackson and later served on the transitional school board for the historical merger of Jackson-Madison County Schools.

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