This program originally aired on Feb. 13.
Today on this archive edition of Midday: In 1896, in the infamous “Plessy v Ferguson” case, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed “equal but separate” accommodations for blacks and whites, legalizing segregation for more than 60 years.
In his latest book, Steve Luxenberg tells the back story of some of the people who were central to this historic case, tracing the pernicious roots of racism in American history that are far from being eliminated in American society. The book is called Separate: The Story of Plessy v Ferguson and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation. Our show was taped in February, so we can’t take your calls and comments.
On Aug. 31 at 6:45 pm, Steve Luxenberg will participate in a panel discussion -- “Race in America” -- with Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Judge Richard Gergel.
The conversation, part of the National Book Festival, will be moderated by NPR’s Eric Deggans. Click here for more information.