Interviewed on PBS Newshour

A few weeks ago I was listening to the Newshour on PBS and heard a call for remembrances of the Voting Rights Act.  I called up and left a short recorded remembrance of being a page in the U.S. House of Representatives when the Voting Rights Act was signed in 1965 and of segregated life in Northern Virginia.  I didn’t expect to hear back and was surprised when they wanted to use my piece, which appeared on February 26, 2013.  I suppose if I’d thought about it and planned it, and written something down, it might not have turned out so well.

Here’s the interview.


One thought on “Interviewed on PBS Newshour

  1. Hey, thanks for sharing that, Jeff. Yes, it certainly does bring back memories. I grew up in St. Louis and there were still some places that had “whites only” signs, and the neighborhoods were certainly segregated — while there were no chain link fences around them, there might as well have been. I lived in a nice, middle class area and there was a four block long, just two sides of the street, “colored” neighborhood nearby. Instant shabby poverty in the midst of nice urban homes. These were the folks that were the housekeepers, janitors, etc. for the area. Their children certainly didn’t go to school with us (I graduated high school in 1966). Now the neighborhood is integrated and the shabby homes have been torn down or remodeled.


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