Merriam Teacher Corinthian Nutter Became 1940s Civil Rights Leader

Sep 8, 2009

Kansas City, MO – In the 1940's, Corinthian Nutter worked with the NAACP to improve education for black children in Merriam, Kansas. Nutter was outraged by the deplorable conditions at the two-room schoolhouse where she taught, Walker Elementary School. Nutter ended up testifying in a lawsuit and five years before the Brown vs. Board of Education ruling, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled in favor of the students' rights to attend an all-white, modern school.

Corinthian Nutter passed away in 2004, at the age of 97, but before that, she allowed historian Greg Rieke to tape her life story. He'll be sharing her story on Tuesday evening, August 8, 2009 at the Shawnee Town Museum, and stopped by to give KCUR's Susan Wilson a preview.

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