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CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - It's been 44 years since the Supreme Court ruled against segregation. Since then, minorities have made significant progress - people of different races now work together, live in the same neighborhoods and marry one another.
Yet problems persist, said Helen Peters, an associate professor at Shepherd College.
Some examples she gave Sunday:
One in 10 black men go to jail.
A Harvard University study shows Caucasians are willing to pay 13 percent more for homes in all-white neighborhoods.
The African-American mayor in Stone Mountain, Ga., has found burning crosses on his lawn three times.
During the 22nd annual Soul Food program at Wainwright Baptist Church, Peters said African-Americans have come a long way since the civil rights movement, but much work needs to be done.