More Carol Mcgraw Articles

Carol McGraw

Education Reporter

  • Gun-toting marchers draw cheer from Westcliffe parade crowd

    Updated: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    WESTCLIFFE - It was a day of guns, God and Old Glory Friday at Westcliffe's July 4 parade. There were the usual cowhorses, rodeo queens, fire engines and political candidates waving to the delighted crowd. But the largest group of participants - and the one that got some of the...

  • Civil Rights Act: Colorado Springs woman's prejudices evaporate through experiences

    Updated: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    Lucy Bell was not an avid protest marcher during the civil rights demonstrations that ignited a nation in the mid-1960s. But prejudices she learned in childhood dissolved as her life's journey included teaching minority students, marrying a black man against her parents' wishes and...

  • Civil Rights Act: Long-time Colorado Springs NAACP volunteers continue work for social justice

    Updated: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    Floyd Young traveled to Africa in 2003 to see where his family began, and where civil rights for blacks were laid to ruin by the slave trade. Young, now 82, said, "I put my feet on the continent. There was a beautiful sunset. I raised my hands to the sky to thank the old man in our...

  • Civil Rights Act: Colorado woman knew the pain, but never stopped fighting for equality

    Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    Polly Baca has lived the civil rights movement up close in all its triumphs and sorrows. She was there for the March on Washington, the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the rally in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles the night Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated. Later, she...

  • Civil Rights Act: A decadelong fight against discrimination ends because 'it is time'

    Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    Patricia Seymour was 5 when her grandmother took her to a dime store in Colorado Springs on a July day in 1964. "We sat in a booth and had sodas. I knew it was a special occasion because we had never done that before, but I didn't quite understand," said Seymour, a descendant of one...

  • Civil Rights Act: Stumbling blocks of discrimination not a barrier for federal judge

    Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    Federal Judge Christine Arguello was 9 years old when the Civil Rights Act was signed in 1964. She credits the legislation as having a vital effect on what she accomplished: becoming the first member of her family to graduate from college, first Latina from Colorado to attend Harvard...

  • Black Forest fire's one-year anniversary: Life far from back to normal, but many plan to rebuild

    Updated: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    A siren wails. Several people chatting on the porch of Crosses for Losses in Black Forest freeze in midsentence and cast uneasy glances at the road. It's an ambulance that hurries by, not a firetruck, so they relax. Early-morning fog that drifts upward like smoke tendrils can cause...

  • Old horse teaches new tricks as Colorado Springs museum brings back livestock exhibit

    Updated: Sat, May 31, 2014

    Because of age, the old guy had to give up his job in 2011, but like some retirees, he's now doing a little teaching. Turns out, he doesn't mind being put out to pasture. Sheep Tick, a 23-year-old rodeo bucking bronco - and a famous one at that - is spending the summer in Colorado...

  • Aging elephant to move to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

    Updated: Thu, May 22, 2014

    The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo will soon have a new resident. Joni, an elderly African elephant, will join four others in the zoo's Encounter Africa exhibit. Joni's sidekick Ladybird died in March, leaving her alone at the Greenville Zoo in South Carolina. Greenville officials decided...

  • Art from the ashes holds Black Forest memories

    Updated: Sun, May 18, 2014

    They arrived with buckets and boxes and plastic tubs filled with memories. The items were rusted and charred, melted and chipped - unidentifiable to most eyes. But to those who had lost their houses, cars and family treasures in the fire that raged through the Black Forest last...