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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 Voices from Topeka - 60 Years After Brown v. Board of Education

The first grade class at State Street Elementary School, taught by Miss Hunt. It was taken in January 1955, shortly after Topeka elementary schools were racially integrated in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling in the Brown v. Board of Education case. Prior to this decision, which made segregated schools unconstitutional, State Street had been a school for white children only. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society / kansasmemory.org)

In May 2014, StoryCorps Facilitators found themselves in Topeka, Kan., working with The Kansas Humanities Council for the 60th Anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education desegregation case, whose decision was released on May 17, 1954.

The trip was part of the other many town-wide celebrations for the occasion, including a high school graduation ceremony with a special Baccalaureate speech delivered by First Lady Michelle Obama who also commemorated the anniversary.

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 (J.B. Bauersfeld & Dale Cushinberry)

Dale Cushinberry (left) talks to former student, J.B. Bauersfeld, about his experience 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 Topeka resident J.B. Bauersfeld interview his former high school principal, Dale Cushinberry.

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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