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StoryCorps: Legacy of Brown v. Board in Topeka (Annette Wims & Carolyn Wims-Campbell)

Annette Wims (left) interviews her aunt, Carolyn Leona Wims Campbell, about growing up in Topeka, in the shadow of segregation.

As part of last year's 60th anniversary of "Brown versus the Topeka Board of Education," the Kansas Humanities Council sponsored a local StoryCorps project, where area residents shared their memories about growing up in the shadow of segregation. Today, we listen in as Annette Wims interviews her aunt, Carolyn Wims-Campbell.

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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