Columbia special education teacher receives MLK award

Thursday, February 5, 2009 | 9:53 p.m. CST; updated 11:37 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 5, 2009

COLUMBIA – In 1965, Maxine Nelson and two other students at Columbia's all-black Douglass High School enrolled in a predominately white school a year before integration would become mandatory. The fifth-grade teacher said there were no spots available in her class, Nelson recalled, and placed her in the special education class.