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Oral History

Stories of the Color Line: Past and Present 

These oral histories attest to the humanity of all people. They illuminate the achievements of Philadelphians who forged a better life for themselves in the face of many challenges.

Racism has been reshaped, reinvented and reinforced in the last 50 years. The issues Du Bois outlined continue to persist, and the best way to resolve them is still not clear. Yet, it is only by understanding the connection between a community’s past and present, and attempting to mitigate the circumstances of its birth that we can ensure that the color line will not be the problem of future generations.