Tue March 24, 2009
Author Discusses 'Sundown Towns'
Kansas City, MO – In this age of Obama, people are upbeat about how far we've come as a country. The work of sociologist <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.uvm.edu/~jloewen/ target= " href="http://www.uvm.edu/%7Ejloewen/%20target=%20" _blank"=""><b>James Loewen</b></a> reminds us both of the progress we've made, as well as the work that is left undone. In his 2006 book "Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism", Dr. Loewen coined the term "sundown towns" to describe areas in the US that did not permit African Americans or other minorities after dark. Loewen is a professor emeritus at the <b>University of Vermont</b>, and has chronicled thousands of these towns across the United States. Susan caught up with him recently when he was in Kansas City. </p><p><i>This story was produced for <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.kcur.org/kccurrents" href="http://www.kcur.org/kccurrents">KC Currents</a>. To listen on your own schedule, subscribe to the <a data-cke-saved-href=" http://archive.kcur.org/PodCast.ashx?c=45" href="%20http://archive.kcur.org/PodCast.ashx?c=45">KC Currents Podcast</a>.</i></p><p></p>