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I nearly fell out of my chair when I got a call from the governor’s office,” he said, sitting in the VIP section of the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center at Missouri Southern State University, waiting for Obama. “They told me I would have a ticket.”Russell England

Russell England, 90, was born when the Ku Klux Klan was at its most powerful in the United States, and he lived through the Jim Crow era. He grew up in Joplin in an era when a large KKK sign lit up the roof of the Connor Hotel during Klan gatherings.From 1948 to 1952, England was the president of the Joplin chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which pushed for improvements to Ewert Park in Joplin and other changes for blacks. Joplin Globe

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