Topeka StoryCorps: Darren Canady and Madison Wallace

In 2014, StoryCorps came to Topeka to document stories that explore the 60-year impact of Brown v. Topeka Board of Education, the landmark supreme court case that desegregated public schools. Darren Canady and Madison Wallace compare their high school experiences in Topeka.

Topeka StoryCorps was supported by the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, the 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.

Topeka StoryCorps: Linda Jeffrey and Randolph Jeffrey

In 2014, StoryCorps came to Topeka to document stories that explore the 60-year impact of Brown v. Topeka Board of Education, the landmark Supreme Court case that desegregated public schools. Randolph Jeffrey interviews his sister Linda about her educational experience in Topeka in the 1960s and her experience working as a lawyer in Kansas.

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.

Topeka StoryCorps: Christel Marquardt and Joel Marquardt

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. Joel Marquardt shares his experiences attending Topeka High and his mother Christel shares how her upbringing shaped the way she raised her own children.

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.

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.

Topeka StoryCorps: Adrian Pearson and Donna Rae Pearson

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. Adrian Pearson talks with his mother Donna Rae Pearson about what it was like growing up in a predominantly white rural area and then transferring to high school in Topeka.

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.

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.