In 1960, Martin Luther King, Jr. said “that eleven o’clock on a Sunday morning is one of the most segregated hours, if not the most segregated hour” in America.
H is comments took place in a televised interview about what could force integration among churches, schools, and businesses. Yet, fifty-six years after the landmark Civil Rights Act, our communities remain largely separate and are growing increasingly unequal again.
WFSU’s first long-form podcast, Not So Black and White: A community’s divided history, will investigate Tallahassee’s history around representation and inclusion. This topic was chosen based on observations and conversations with people in academia, social services, and education who have observed that Tallahassee, the capital city of Florida, carries vestiges of segregation that impact the conversations and policy decisions around growth, development, education, and health.
In Tallahassee/Leon County, there remain substantial divisions in where we live, work, play, educate and worship. The social justice movements of the 2010s and 2020s are sparking new conversations around whether we ever truly integrated.
Through current digital technologies, oral stories, archival photos, video, and interviews with local community members and humanities experts, we will attempt to explore the question of how we got here, the choices we make on whom to associate with and where to live, and how we as a community fulfill the promises of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream.
(Sept. 22, 2022) The railroad tracks have traditionally been the dividing line between the haves and the have-nots. However, numerous efforts are underway to reinvent Tallahassee’s Southside.
(Oct. 4, 2022 & Oct 6, 2022) A story exploring why Tallahassee, Fla. is home to one of the most segregated school districts in the state.
(Oct. 13, 2022) The positive role gardens play in Black communities, then and now.
(Oct. 20, 2022) Recently, Florida has been at the forefront of a growing push to downplay or gloss over the history and stories of Black Americans. Now, Black historians, academics and activists are fighting back in an effort to protect and preserve their stories.
(Nov. 3, 2022) African American churches have long been social, political, and educational centers for many Black communities. But that role is evolving amid what some historians and sociologists are calling the “Third Reconstruction.”
(Apr. 5, 2023) Examining stereotypes. What happens when you’re too Black or brown for some spaces, and not Black or brown enough for others?
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