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.
The Kansas Humanities Council hosted three StoryCorps recording days to capture conversations between generations of Topekans, about their school and life experiences, how those have changed over time and how Topeka can grow from it all.
Kansas Public Radio began airing the series on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, with pieces airing at 6:45 and 8:45 a.m. The series will continue every Monday morning (the series has been moved to Tuesday mornings, starting Feb. 24) on KPR's Morning Edition - and will run well into the month of March.
Listen to the StoryCorps pieces that have aired so far: