Topeka StoryCorps: Maxine and Melvin Patterson

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. Maxine Patterson interviews Melvin Patterson about their experiences attending the Kansas Technical Institute (KTI), an African-American vocational school in Topeka regarded as the “Tuskegee of the West” until its closure in the 1950s.

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.