August 11, 2004

Uni High Documentary: In the Wake of Brown v. Board 

Tonight at 6 pm Central, WILL-AM airs the latest in a series of radio documentaries produced by students at the University Laboratory High School (Uni High): In the Wake of Brown: Stories of Integration and Struggle. The 53-minute documentary examines how African Americans in central Illinois combated racism in their schools and communities after the Brown v. Board of Education court decision. Student producer Kinzie Cornell, a senior at Uni, says she had studied racial discrimination in school and thought she understood it pretty well. “But it was amazing to hear the personal stories of these people and what they faced. We learned a lot about the kinds of discrimination that still exist today.” WILL-AM’s Dave Dickey, who worked with the students on the project, says the documentary shows that despite all the progress made toward equality for African Americans, a lot is left to do. “A lot of discrimination has moved underground. It’s more subtle, but it’s just as hateful and devastating,” In the Wake of Brown: Stories of Integration and Struggle airs on WILL-AM 580 at 6 pm Central tonight, and will be repeated at 5 pm on Saturday, August 14th. You can also get it in RealAudio and MP3 format on WILL's web site.

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