Voices from the Edge on 11/11/10

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Thu, 11/11/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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A celebration of civil rights: Susan Banyas and The Hillsboro Story

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A celebration of civil rights: Susan Banyas and The Hillsboro Story


Two months after the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision legally ending school segregation, the county engineer of Hillsboro, Ohio - a white man determined to force integration in the segregated town - set fire to Lincoln School, the town's "colored" elementary school. The two-year protest lead by five African American mothers to carry forward the struggle sparked by that fire drew the NAACP's Thurgood Marshall and led to Clemons v. Board of Education the first test case for Brown in the North.

This week, Jo Ann and Dave talk with writer Susan Banyas about her play, The Hillsboro Story, that explores through narration, live music, and movement this important milestone in civil rights history.

Jo Ann Bowman is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action, and a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a freelance journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, peace, labor and environmental movements for 20 years.
 
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