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Exchange Exemplar: Unlearning Racism

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A Washington, DC school in 1955.

Have you heard the stories of "segregation academies?"  Those are the private schools that sprang up in the South after the Supreme Court ruled that public schools must integrate. 

Jim Grimsley's family kept him in public school, and his white life got quite an awakening when the first black students showed up. 

He tells the story in How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood.  This interview from March 2016 closes out our offerings for Martin Luther King Day.  


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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the senior producer, Nash Bennett is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.