Most African Americans living in the South before the Civil War were enslaved. But what may not be as well-known is the history of free African Americans in places like Savannah. Dr. Whittington Johnson is a retired history professor and the author of several books about black history. As part of the city's commemoration of Juneteenth, he visited Savannah's Second African Baptist Church this week.
As Mercer University continues to celebrate 50 years of integration, students are taking their campus’s temperature on race. Emily Wilson is among a group of sociology students who surveyed 360 of their peers. “I personally was a little surprised by the overall response, in that for the most part students really did seem to perceive a positive racial climate,” she said. “I think I may have expected to see a little more controversy than we did.” However, Wilson says there were some students who thought there should be more diversity on campus. Currently the student body is just over 58 percent white, 23 percent black and Hispanic.