Inauguration Journey: No Longer Separate

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Sue Koehler doesn't have far to travel to the inauguration compared to many people. She now lives in Pittsburgh. But as a teenager, she lived in North Carolina, where she went to an all-white high school. She remembers the day in 1958 that Brown v. Board of Education was decided.

"I came down to breakfast that morning about to go off to school, and my mother, who was a very traditional Southern lady — born in 1905 — said, 'You know, this is right. This is the right thing to do,' " Koehler says.

Koehler says she is really lucky to have had parents who inspired her to understand the separate society that she lived in was not quite right. When she got to school that day, she says it was a different scene. Many of her classmates believed the schools would never be integrated and were voicing their opinions loudly.

But today, she says things are different — at least some things. "I don't think there are a lot of things in this country that have gotten better in 50 years, but that has. And that's just the thing I want to celebrate."



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