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The Legacy of the 'Little Rock Nine'

The Legacy of the 'Little Rock Nine'

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Fifty years ago today, nine black students attended their first full day of classes at the previously all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. Has the demise of legal segregation lead to integration on all levels of American society? Guests and callers discuss the racial separation that persists in neighborhoods, schools, and places of worship.

Guests:

Matthew Lassiter, associate professor of history at the University of Michigan; author of The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics in the Sunbelt South

Emily Bernard, assistant professor of English and ethnic studies at the University of Vermont; editor of Some of My Best Friends: Writers on Interracial Friendship