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We Meet Anti-Racism Activist and Diversity Educator Jane Elliott

The day after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, an Iowan schoolteacher conducted a lesson on discrimination she called the"Blue eyes–Brown eyes" exercise. Jane Elliottkept her third-graders separated in blue-eyed and brown-eyed groups for the rest of the day. The experience was documented by the PBS Frontline film, “A Class Divided” and has continued to ripple through our culture to this day.

Elliott joins us to reflect on her history as an anti-racism activist and diversity educator in advance of her presentation at FGCU on Monday, February 11.


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Julie Glenn is the host of Gulf Coast Live. She has been working in southwest Florida as a freelance writer since 2007, most recently as a regular columnist for the Naples Daily News. She began her broadcasting career in 1993 as a reporter/anchor/producer for a local CBS affiliate in Quincy, Illinois. After also working for the NBC affiliate, she decided to move to Parma, Italy where she earned her Master’s degree in communication from the University of Gastronomic Sciences. Her undergraduate degree in Mass Communication is from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.
Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University.