Topeka StoryCorps: Duane Pomeroy and Janel Johnson

In 2014, StoryCorps came to Topeka to document stories that explore the 60-year impact of Brown v. Board Board of Education, the landmark Supreme Court case that desegregated public schools. Duane Pomeroy, former USD 501 school board member, interviews Janel Johnson, current USD 501 School Board President, about their roles as School Board Presidents. As a newly elected member in the 1980s, Pomeroy was listed as the defendant in a class action lawsuit against the district for failure to comply with the requirements of Brown v. Board.

Topeka StoryCorps was supported by Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, Kansas Humanities Council, Kansas Public Radio, and the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library  in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board decision.