StoryCorps: Dr. Carolyn O’Neal & Rise Jones

Rise Jones interviews Dr. Carolyn O’Neil, a long-time teacher in Elgin. As an African American woman, Dr. O’Neil discusses race relations at different points in her life. She discusses how the bad economy has made families “in need” who have not been in that situation for generations. Her message is that we need to take care of each other and the environment. As a teacher, she also says that no one can predict what a child will do with his/her life, so you should treat them all with respect and give them the support to do well. 

Their Story was recorded on July 22, 2010 in Elgin, IL.

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