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Crossing the Color Line

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Crossing the Color Line

Crossing the Color Line

Crossing the Color Line

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Fifty years ago, a Supreme Court decision ended the policy of segregated schools. But young African-Americans made it happen, one previously all-white school after another. Hear former students stories of crossing the color line, in a special broadcast from T.C Williams High School, in Virginia.

Guests:

Dorothy Counts-Scoggins
*Was first to attempt to integrate high school in Charlotte, N.C., 1957

Ralph Eubanks
*Author of Ever Is a Long Time
*In January, 1970, integrated Mount Olive School in Mount Olive, Miss.

Julian Prince
*Superintendent in Mississippi's McComb School District, which he helped to voluntarily integrate

Michael Klarman
*Law professor, University of Virginia
*Author of From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Racial Equality (Oxford, 2004)