Producer Kate Ellis talks about a new documentary on desegregation
In the 1970s, for the first time, large numbers of white children and black children began attending school together. It was an experience that shaped them for life.
Cathy Wurzer talks with American Radio Works producer Kate Ellis about the documentary, "An Imperfect Revolution - Voices from the Desegregation Era."8:24 a.m.
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