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Excellence Is Color Blind 1

As part of “Excellence is Color Blind: Facing History and Ourselves in Southern Illinois”, WSIU’s local community outreach campaign gives voice to the daily experiences of African Americans who lived in Carbondale during the civil rights era. This segment features portions of our local specials featuring life-long Carbondale residents Richard Hayes, Hardin Davis, and Milton McDaniel, who share their memories of when the color of a person's skin determined where their families shopped, socialized, worshipped, and went to school. They fondly recall the close-knit community that once revolved around the city's blacks-only Attucks Elementary and High Schools and are sharply critical of the way that desegregation was eventually carried out in the 1960s long after Brown versus the Board of Education in 1954.

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