Ben Cox (on the right, next to fellow Rider Ed Blankenheim) remembers growing up under segregation -- and making a statement against the practice in the 1960's by boarding a bus to Montgomery. The trip was fraught with danger -- and some riders never made it to their destination. Cox and two other Riders recollected before a weekend audience in Urbana.
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Clarence Shelley (left) was hired by the University if Illinois to lead the 1968 project - the goal was to recruit at least 500 new students from under-represented minorities. Shelley, who's still with the UI, tells AM 580's Ali Kawa how far he thinks the school has come since then.
For smokers, lighting up at a bar or restaurant is second nature. But it's illegal in California and New York, and smoking bans are starting to gain interest elsewhere - including Champaign and Urbana. AM 580's Tom Rogers looks into a local push to make more public places smoke-free, like Jupiter's in Champaign, where Johnny Fallon (left) plays pool.
University Librarian Paula Kaufman (left, with rare books librarian Alvan Bregman) talks with AM 580's Tom Rogers about the milestone book for the nation's largest state-university library -- a book that's a love-letter of sorts to the facility.