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StoryCorps in KC: Chandra and Nadine Blackwell

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Nadine Blackwell and Chandra Blackwell, recorded in the StoryCorps MobileBooth, Kansas City, MO.

By Suzanne Hogan

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Kansas City, MO – At StoryCorps recording booths across the country, friends and loved ones interview each other about their lives. Each Tuesday during Morning Edition, we'll bring you a story from the MobileBooth in Kansas City. Chandra Blackwell brought her mother, Nadine Blackwell in to talk about her involvement in the Civil Rights movement. Nadine's family was part of Brown vs. Board of Education, and she and her husband Albert Blackwell worked to end segregation in both the fire department, and Topeka area restaurants.

StoryCorps MobileBooth was stationed at 63rd Street and Brookside Boulevard, September 9, 2010 to October 2, 2010. StoryCorps in Kansas City is sponsored by Mid-Continent Public Library.

Every part of the present has been shaped by actions that took place in the past, but too often that context is left out. As a community storyteller taking a new look at local history, I aim to provide that context, clarity, empathy and deeper, nuanced perspectives on how the events and people in the past have shaped our community today. I want to entertain, inform, make you think, expose something new and cultivate a deeper shared human connection about how the passage of time affects us all. Reach me at hogansm@kcur.org.
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