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The Black Sunday of April 14, 1935

Grey, Pauline Winkler

In this reminiscence, Pauline Winkler Grey of Meade County recounts the raging dust storm that hit western Kansas on April 14, 1935. Her retelling includes information about how she prepared for an impending dust storm and how the blowing dust affected the residents of western Kansas. In particular, her account of the storm itself powerfully displays the ferocity of these storms that swept through the Dust Bowl. This volume of the Pioneer Stories of Meade County was sponsored by the Meade County Council of Women?s Clubs.

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NAACP Legal Defense Fund to Charles Bledsoe

In his reply to Topekan attorney Charles Bledsoe, NAACP legal counsel Robert L. Carter outlined his initial thoughts on strategies and approaches to the case. Two of Carter's main points were that the Topeka NAACP should recruit "as many plaintiffs and their parents from various grades from the lowest to the highest," and that the case be tried in a three-judge court in order to "by-pass the U.S. Court of Appeals and go directly into the U.S. Supreme Court." The letter from Charles Bledsoe prompting this reply is Kansas Memory item #213409.

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Negroes to mark court victory Tuesday night

Millikan, Mona

This article in the Topeka Journal outlines how the Topeka black community reacted to the Supreme Court?s decision that segregated schools were unconstitutional, finding in favor of the plaintiffs in the case Brown v. Board of Education. The article includes quotations from MacKenzie Burnett, president of the Topeka NAACP, Oliver Brown (for whom the court case was named), and Lucinda Todd, secretary of the Topeka NAACP. This local chapter had planned a celebration at Monroe Elementary, one of the four segregated black schools in Topeka.

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Flood sandbagging, Topeka, Kansas

This is a photograph of several men passing sandbags at the Topeka Waterworks during the 1951 flood.

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Langston Hughes

Photograph of Langston Hughes copied from the Shawnee County Historical Society, Bulletin #47.

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Charles E. Bledsoe to the NAACP Legal Department

Bledsoe, Charles E.

In the letter, Charles E. Bledsoe, attorney for the Topeka Chapter of the NAACP, outlines the general nature of Topeka's situation as influenced by local laws. In particular, Bledsoe refers to the Kansas Permissive Law of 1879 that allowed individual school districts to segregate schools if they so desired. However, the law did not mandate school segregation in Kansas. The response to this letter is Kansas Memory item #213410.

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Fairfax Airport, Kansas City, Kansas

This is a photo of the Fairfax Airport, Kansas City, Ks., with several buildings and airplanes in view.

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Centennial parade, Topeka, Kansas

This photograph shows a view of the centennial parade, Topeka, Kansas.

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Attorney Robert Carter to McKinley Burnett

This letter dated September 14, 1951, is from NAACP Assistant Special Counsel Robert L. Carter to Topeka NAACP Chapter President McKinley Burnett. Carter advises Burnett that the National Chapter of the NAACP would require $5,000 to take the Brown case to the United States Supreme Court. However, Carter explained that the money would have to be raised locally and that nearby NAACP chapters could contribute if they so desired.

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Walter White to Lucinda Todd

White, Walter Francis, 1893-1955

This Letter mentions the receipt of Todd's letter of August 29, 1950, about the situation in Topeka's elementary schools. White mentioned that he would immediately refer the letter to his legal department and said that Todd should expect to hear from him shortly.

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