“As a human race, we struggle to accept each other…and we have a moral duty to do better.”  -Ann McColl   

Our latest podcast episode is based on the longer work, “1956,” which explores North Carolina’s response to Brown v. Board of Education.  It is part of the series Constitutional Tales, created by Ann McColl, that uses archival materials to better understand North Carolina’s history and the fundamental principles in the state constitution.  The Tales also explore themes related to courageous leadership and social justice.  Ann McColl is a lawyer in Raleigh and works with non-profits and school districts to strengthen public education and opportunities for children.

“Why 1956 Matters” contains an excerpt from a thirty-six minute speech that North Carolina Governor Luther Hodges delivered to a specially called session of the General Assembly on July 23, 1956. The purpose of the session was for the General Assembly to adopt a state plan in response to the 1954 United States Supreme Court opinion, Brown v. Board of Education, which held that legally requiring the segregation of races in public schools violates the United States Constitution as it is inherently unequal. We invite you to take a step back into history with us to listen to this episode and learn more about Ann’s work!

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Podcast Music: Lee Rosevere

Podcast Producers: Yemi Adewuyi and Ann McColl

Narration: Ann McColl

Special Session Audio: Luther Hartwell Hodges General Correspondence, 1954-1960 (MARS 367.1), Boxes 117, 120, 131 North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, NC, USA.

Top image: Portrait of Luther Hodges, State Archives of North Carolina | Flickr

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