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.
A Democratic lawmaker has introduced a bill designed to protect state government workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The action comes in response to Governor Sam Brownback's removal of that protection.