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Understanding Segregation: A Snapshot of Historical Injustice


Carolyn Wims Campbell was educated at McKinley Elementary. a segregated school in the public school system of Topeka, KS. She later became a member of Topeka USD 501's Board of Education after which she was elected to the Kansas State Board of Education. In this lesson plan, created by Susan Sittenauer, students will hear first-hand stories from distinguished Kansans on the issue of segregation and will gain a greater understanding of how others have faced the challenges of discrimination. A companion piece, excerpted from the oral history of former legislator Ben Scott, deals with the desegregation of the Topeka Public Schools 45 years after Brown v Board. The Scott clip could be used as an additional lesson.

PDF Lesson Plan: Understanding Segregation
Campbell Clip B: No Celebration
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