Part One: Brown v. Board: The Inside Story. To the rest of America, Brown v. Board of Education is an answer to countless test questions. It is, obviously, the case that would eventually force every school system in America that hadn’t already integrated to integrate. Preston Webb, a park ranger at Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, joins us the “back story” of this immensely powerful case. Who was Brown? Why did this hugely important matter decided in Topeka, Kansas, of all places? And is it true that many of the important people involved in this case were from the part of Topeka known as “Tennessee Town”?
Part Two: The Integration of Clinton High School. A power point presentation in which “History Bill” retells the long saga of what happened at Clinton High School in 1956-57, using newspaper articles which haven’t been referenced by historical sources before. Forced to integrate by the Brown v. Board of Education decision, Clinton became the South’s first high-profile public school to integrate in August 1956. Any chance of integration happening peacefully in Clinton went away when John Kasper, an Ivy League educated desegregationist, descended on the community and began organizing protests. The protests became increasingly ugly and violent in the fall of 1957, but in the end, the school integrated, paving the way for many other public high schools in other parts of the South. The series of events put Tennessee in the national spotlight and put 12 African-American students, now known as the “Clinton 12,” in the cross-hairs.