WYSO holds a rich digital archive from the Civil Rights era. As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act in 2014, we’re partnering with community organizations to augment it with the stories of local residents who lived through this transformational period in our history.
Community Voices producer Jocelyn Robinson used the historical audio to inspire childhood recollections of the day when the streets of Yellow Springs looked more like the streets of Birmingham, Alabama.
In the Chicago public schools, and urban school districts across the nation, if you’re a black male the odds are against your going on to college. If you do, there’s a good chance you won’t complete your degree. The college graduation rate for African American males who graduate from Chicago Public Schools is a little more than 20 percent. WYSO Community Voices Producer Amy Harper takes a look at the forces affecting the life of one young man who is trying to beat the odds.
The United States is a country of indigenous, emancipated and immigrant peoples. It has one of the most unique mixtures of cultures in the world. Are we afraid of our multiculturalism or is it the foundation of our lives? Community Voices Producer Venita Kelley explores the idea that cultural heritage and legacy matter to Americans.
People are enthusiastic about revealing the reasons they are who they are, why they understand events in the way they do, and why they do what they do if we ask, “What is your culture and how do you demonstrate it every day?”
Early in the 2014 baseball season, the minor league Dayton Dragons will sell out their one-thousandth consecutive ball game at home, a record in North American professional sports. There hasn’t been an unsold ticket for a Dragons game since 2000, when they played for the first time in the $23 million stadium built for them by the city. Community Voices Producer Stephen Siff and student-reporters Chris Cullum and Kathleen Sullivan explore Dayton’s love for these Dragons, and why it almost never came to be.