On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its first Brown v. Board of Education ruling declaring public school segregation unconstitutional. This year, May 17 coincides with graduation day in Topeka. Imagine the difference.
To honor the changes in Topeka’s schools over the past 60 years, thirty-six Topekans will participate in a special StoryCorps national oral history project to document, preserve, and share their reflections, school experiences, and perspectives. The interviews will be recorded in Topeka and archived at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
The project is a collaboration among the Kansas Humanities Council, Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, and the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. Interested in being part of the StoryCorps interviews? Please contact Donna Rae Pearson, Local History Librarian at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library at (785) 580-4510 ASAP.
StoryCorps is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Since 2003, tens of thousands of people have participated while millions listen to weekly StoryCorps broadcasts on the radio and at storycorps.org.
The project is made possible with support from the Capitol Federal Foundation, Fairlawn Plaza, Security Benefit, the Greater Topeka Fund of the Topeka Community Foundation, and Westar Energy.