Minnie Liddell's Forty-Year Quest for Quality Public Education Remains a Dream Deferred


This Article is a historic account of the hopes and dreams that a mother had for her children and her efforts to make those hopes and dreams come true. The mother, Minnie Liddell, never imagined, when she first became a mom in 1959, or years later after the birth of her fifth child, or even after she filed a lawsuit against a city school district, that she would become a pioneer and icon in the school desegregation history of St. Louis, Missouri. She really only wanted a quality public education for her children, for black children, for all children. This Article will tell the story of Mrs. Liddell‘s quest for a quality education for her children, and it will take a look at where that journey stands today.


Liddell, school desegregation, quality education, public school education, Minnie Liddell, st. louis public school district, turner v. school district of clayton, brown v. board of education, liddell v. board of education, education law



Kimberly Jade Norwood (Washington University School of Law)



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