Video: Remembering the civil rights era while facing a challenging future

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By Michelle Simon
July 23, 2013

Johnny Coleman, a history teacher at Oakley Youth Development Center, shares his experiences with civil rights and racism in the 50s and 60s and thoughts on the current state of the African Americans today.

Coleman remembers separate water fountains and bathrooms while growing up Louisville, Miss., as well as sitting in the back of the bus as a 10-year-old kid with his mother for trips to Chicago, even though empty seats for whites only were available in the front of the bus.

Even though racism is not as prevalent today as it once was, Coleman reminds a young generation of African Americans that the issues of civil rights, education, parenting and jobs will remain a challenge as they face the future.

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