Interview with Linda Brown Smith
QUESTION 1
INTERVIEWER:

OK, THE FIRST THING I WANTED TO ASK YOU ABOUT IS TOPEKA. IN TERMS OF RACE RELATIONS, TOPEKA SEEMS LIKE AN UNLIKELY PLACE FOR THIS KIND OF A LAWSUIT. IT'S A FAIRLY QUIET TOWN, YOU LIVED IN AN INTEGRATED NEIGHBORHOOD, THE JUNIOR HIGH AND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS WERE INTEGRATED, CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THAT? ABOUT TOPEKA?

Linda Brown Smith:

At the time the suit was filed, Topeka was uh, partially integrated. There were integrated neighborhoods, there were integrated high schools, integrated junior high schools. The only schools in town that were not integrated were the elementary schools, and this was the reason the suit was instigated, because of the elementary schools being segregated.