Wilbur Brookover (1911–2003) was born near Bippus, Indiana. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II before becoming a professor at Indiana State Teachers College, and later at Michigan State University. His academic focus was in sociology. He also served as the mayor of East Lansing, Michigan, from 1971 to 1975. He died on April 6, 2003, at the age of 92. Brookover was one of many people who testified before the Supreme Court regarding the landmark case, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. His testimony focused on the sociological and psychological effects of school segregation upon African American students. Brookover asserted that students forced to attend racially segregated schools were not allowed to learn all they should about functioning in social ...

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