Meet One of St. Petersburg's 'Courageous 12'

Meet One of St. Petersburg's 'Courageous 12'

In the 1960’s, black police officers in St. Petersburg faced barriers when it came to promotion, what beats they could cover, even the ability to arrest certain people. Nearly 50 years ago, in 1965, twelve of those officers sued the city of St. Petersburg, hoping to end this segregation within the police department. They came to be known as “The Courageous 12.”
On this week’s StoryCorps Tampa Bay, one of those men, Leon Jackson, speaks to St. Petersburg Assistant Chief of Police Luke Williams.

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“Tin Roof Blues,” by New Orleans Rhythm Kings, from Masters Of Jazz – Traditional Jazz Classics
StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 50,000 interviews from more than 80,000 participants, and this past January StoryCorps spent a month in St. Petersburg recording the stories from your Tampa Bay friends and neighbors. Please visit:

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