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Brown v. Board

StoryCorps: Legacy of Brown v. Board in Topeka (Michael Hooper & Sherman Smith)

Michael Hooper (left) talks to his friend, Sherman Smith, about their experiences in Topeka and their reflections on the Brown vs. Board of Education decision.

This year, we've been sharing stories about growing up in Topeka, in the shadow of segregation. As part of the 60th anniversary of "Brown versus the Topeka Board of Education," the Kansas Humanities Council sponsored a StoryCorps project last year. Today, we listen in as Sherman Smith interviews his friend and former co-worker Michael Hooper, who says discrimination still exists in Topeka.

StoryCorps: Legacy of Brown v. Board in Topeka (Katherine Sawyer & Kelsie Gonzalez)

Kelsie Gonzalez (left) interviews her grandmother, Katherine Sawyer, about growing up in segregated Topeka.  Sawyer was just 10 years old when she testified in a Topeka courtroom, during an early legal challenge to school segregation.  Her testimony and the testimony of others set the stage for what would later become the consolidated case of "Brown v. Topeka Board of Education."

Since early February, we've been sharing stories about growing up in Topeka, in the shadow of segregation. As part of the 60th anniversary of "Brown versus the Topeka Board of Education," the Kansas Humanities Council sponsored a local StoryCorps project last year. Today, we hear ...

 

StoryCorps: Legacy of Brown v. Board in Topeka (Bill Bunten & Jack Alexander)

Bill Bunten (left) and Jack Alexander talk about attending school, playing basketball and serving in the military during the time of legal segregation and after segregation legally ended.

Since early February, we've been sharing stories about growing up in Topeka, in the shadow of segregation. As part of the 60th anniversary of "Brown versus the Topeka Board of Education," the Kansas Humanities Council sponsored a local StoryCorps project last year, to record the memories of area residents. Today, we hear from former Topeka Mayor Bill Bunten as he talks to his friend Jack Alexander, a former Topeka city councilman.

StoryCorps: Legacy of Brown v. Board in Topeka (Tom Averill and Matthew Porubsky)

Thomas Averill (right) talks to Matthew Porubsky about his father, Stuart Carson, and growing up in Topeka, Kan.

Last year was the 60th anniversary of "Brown v. Board," the Supreme Court ruling that led to school desegregation. To mark the anniversary, area residents were interviewed about growing up in Topeka, the town so closely associated with the case.  Today, we hear from Tom Averill and Matthew Porubsky about how integration came to a local cemetery.

StoryCorps: Legacy of Brown v. Board in Topeka (Jack Alexander and Darlene Wilson-Jackson)

Darlene Jackson and Jack Alexander talk about their experiences going to segregated and integrated schools. They reflect on their experiences in light of the 60th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education decision.

Last year (2014) marked the 60th anniversary of the historic decision in "Brown versus the Topeka Board of Education." The Supreme Court ruling led to desegregated schools and, eventually, to a more integrated society in general. To celebrate the anniversary, the Kansas Humanities Council joined with NPR's StoryCorps project to interview area residents about growing up in the town whose name became part of the landmark case. In this third installment of our series, we hear from two, lifelong friends. Jack Alexander and Darlene Wilson-Jackson both attended segregated elementary schools but went to integrated junior and senior high schools.

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