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StoryCorps: Legacy of Brown v. Board in Topeka (Katherine Sawyer & Kelsie Gonzalez)

Kelsie Gonzalez (left) interviews her grandmother, Katherine Sawyer, about growing up in segregated Topeka.  Sawyer was just 10 years old when she testified in a Topeka courtroom, during an early legal challenge to school segregation.  Her testimony and the testimony of others set the stage for what would later become the consolidated case of "Brown v. Topeka Board of Education."

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. Today, we hear ...


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