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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 (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 (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.

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