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You Don't Say: 'Separate but equal: I don't think you could find that equality if you check the records'

Larry Monroe grew up in Columbia, and for decades, he’s been a long-standing member of the city’s black community.

He’s seen Columbia evolve to the city it is today, watching first-hand the many changes, both good and bad, that have happened here over his lifetime.

In this edition of You Don’t Say, Monroe and KBIA’s Isabella Paxton sits down with Cedric Alvis, Monroe’s grandson, and the football coach at Hickman High School. Both having played football in high school, they talk about their experiences on and off of the field, and how football in Columbia has changed since Monroe played.

You Don’t Say is a special project commissioned by the City of Columbia’s bicentennial Como200 task force. It’s co-produced by the Sharp End Heritage Committee and KBIA.

Janet Saidi is a producer and professor at KBIA and the Missouri School of Journalism.
Trevor Hook is a reporter, producer and morning anchor for KBIA 91.3 born and raised in New Franklin, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri with both a Master's degree in Audio Journalism in 2020 and a Bachelor's degree in Convergence Journalism in 2018.
T’Keyah Thomas is a spoken word poet and community organizer based in Columbia, MO. In her role as announcer and producer for KBIA, you’re likely to catch TK on-air during the day, or moderating a panel on art and local history.