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Desegregation Through The Ages

Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation (VICC) School Bus
Carolina Hidalgo
St. Louis Public Radio
St. Louis city students ride a Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation, or VICC, school bus on May 11, 2017.

St. Louis is home to the longest-running school desegregation program in the country. For generations, it has shaped the students’ lives and how they see race in one of the most segregated places in America.

In this episode, we share five firsthand accounts of the trials and triumphs experienced during the program’s long history. What’s revealed is a portrait of a community that still struggles to make every student feel welcome in the classroom.

Ashley Winters
Jia Lian Yang holds both a Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary. She is the co-founder of the St. Louis-based Who Raised You? podcast, which explores culture and family with a focus on stories from people of color. The show won the Arts & Education Council of St. Louis’ 2018 stARTup competition. And this year, St. Louis Magazine’s editors named it the best local podcast.
Lauren Brown holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri where she also studied Social Justice. Lauren joined St. Louis Public Radio in June 2019 as an associate producer for the We Live Here podcast. In March 2020 she became the co-host and producer for We Live Here.

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