The Next Louisville The Next Louisville project is a collaboration between WFPL News and the Community Foundation of Louisville, exploring issues of race, ethnicity, and culture in our city.
The Next Louisville

The Next Louisville

From 89.3 WFPL News Louisville

The Next Louisville project is a collaboration between WFPL News and the Community Foundation of Louisville, exploring issues of race, ethnicity, and culture in our city.

Most Recent Episodes

The Next Louisville: Kentucky Kids And Climate Change

Kentucky youth are mobilizing to take action on climate change. In this installment of the Next Louisville--a partnership between 89.3 WFPL and the Community Foundation of Louisville--we follow a 17-year-old high school student and a 24-year-old community organizer as they try to confront Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over his stance on the Green New Deal, a science-based proposal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to avoid the worst-impacts of climate change.

The Next Louisville: Black Youth Talk Race And Identity

This is the first of several youth talk shows WFPL has planned as part of The Next Louisville, supported by the Community Foundation of Louisville and WE Day Kentucky; it features four youth from our community talking about race and identity.

The Next Louisville: The Effect Of Violence And Trauma On The City's Kids

Traumatic experiences - like what the Tyus family in Louisville has been through - are associated with long-term consequences, including health problems and behavioral outbursts in school. And trauma can affect YOUNG people more severely than adults. In this edition of The Next Louisville, WFPL's Kyeland Jackson looks at the effects of trauma on young people in Louisville.

The Next Louisville: The Effect Of Violence And Trauma On The City's Kids

The Next Louisville: Roller Derby Helps Local Youth Skate Towards Self-Esteem

The term "contact sport" probably conjures images of traditionally masculine activities like football or men's hockey. But in Louisville, there's another option: the River City Junior Roller Derby team. As WFPL's Ashlie Stevens reports as part of the Next Louisville, the members of this team are young, and predominantly female. And they're learning to embrace their own toughness — both on and off the rink.

The Next Louisville: Roller Derby Helps Local Youth Skate Towards Self-Esteem

The Next Louisville: Let's Talk About 'Pipeline'

The play "Pipeline" tells the story of Omari, a young black teenager, and the fallout after he shoves a teacher at his elite private school. This hour-long conversation unpacks the larger issues that inform the play, like the so-called "school-to-prison pipeline" for black youth. It includes a conversation with actors Cecil Blutcher, who plays Omari, and Patrese D. McClain, who plays his mother, Nya, as well as a community conversation taped live at Actors Theatre featuring: Darryl Young Jr. of the Muhammad Ali Center;Yvette Gentry — formerly with the Louisville Metro Police Department — who now works with Metro United Way's Black Male Achievement initiative;Sayheed Ashanti, a community activist and the father of four JCPS students;Jaleyah Morton, president of the Black Student Union at Male High School;Holly Houston, a family lawyer in Louisville.

The Next Louisville: A Conversation With Louisville Urban League CEO Sadiqa Reynolds

For the latest installment of The Next Louisville — a partnership with the Community Foundation of Louisville — Louisville Public Media Interim President Stephen George interviewed Louisville Urban League CEO Sadiqa Reynolds. The event was held in early May before a live audience in our studios. Reynolds spoke about a recent report released by the Urban League called "The State of Black Louisville."

The Next Louisville: A Conversation With Louisville Urban League CEO Sadiqa Reynolds

The Next Louisville: Why West Louisville's Poverty Doesn't Define It

Several of Louisville's poorest neighborhoods are marked by concentrated poverty, created by factors like low income, few jobs, poor education and bad health. This means many residents are stuck in places like Russell and Portland. But others choose to stay.

The Next Louisville: When Bus Routes Determine Job Prospects

Public transit can be a desirable, and affordable, commute option for city dwellers without cars. But in Louisville, taking a bus often means making a significant time investment. And experts and observers say a lack of extensive transit options can keep people from job opportunities.

The Next Louisville: The Role Of Churches In Struggling Communities

For generations, houses of worship across all denominations have played a prominent role in helping those in need in struggling neighborhoods and beyond. Sean Cannon | The Next Louisville: Poverty & Progress That not only includes providing food, clothing and shelter, but offering programs that address the underlying issues that contribute to social problems such as violence and drug abuse. Government leaders, including Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, have been calling on religious groups to take a more prominent role in battling these problems. In this installment of the Next Louisville: Poverty and Progress, I visited some neighborhood church groups to talk about the challenges they face, and some of their success stories.

The Next Louisville: Redlining's Complicated Legacy

Like most American cities, Louisville's neighborhoods have been shaped by the past century of housing policies. And those policies have helped accentuate economic divides, creating today's map of economic inequality. That's examined nationally in "The Color of Law" by Richard Rothstein — a comprehensive look at government-guided segregation across America. In the book, Rothstein lists example after example of the ways federal, state and local government enacted policies that dictated where African-American people lived, and the ways their families were allowed to accrue wealth. Sean Cannon | The Next Louisville: Poverty & Progress Last year, Louisvillereleased an interactive map showing the redlining created by the Home Owner's Loan Corporation that guided home loans in the 1930s. The maps also show how those policies have resulted in today's segregated neighborhoods, and the clusters of concentrated poverty in some parts of West Louisville. Related Story [ Here's How You Can Help Address Louisville's Legacy Of Racist Housing Policies ]( On Monday, Rothstein will speak about redlining and his book at 7:00 p.m. at Crescent Hill Baptist Church. It's part of Empower West's city-wide book read. The group is a coalition of Louisville pastors and churches, focused on empowering the city's West End. I sat down separately with three of the pastors involved in Empower West — Joe Phelps of Highland Baptist Church, Erica Whitaker of Buechel Park Baptist Church and F. Bruce Williams of Bates Memorial Baptist Church — to talk about the book and the legacy of redlining in Louisville. Listen in the player above, or read below. Erica Whitaker: Redlining is a government action of segregating and drawing literal and figurative lines to separate black and white people in different neighborhoods. Joe Phelps: Rothstein builds case upon case to illustrate how local, state and federal governments worked to really keep black people out of certain areas and force them into certain areas. F. Bruce Williams: I think what African-American people will say is "We've been telling you this all along." EW: As I read page to page, I just feel kind of this deep anger, towards what has taken place relatively not so long ago. FBW: I think every person of color who's reasonably awake knows intuitively that's the case because of experiences they may have. For example, trying to get a loan for a house and not being able to get the loan. JP: Back in the 30s and 40s when the redline maps were drawn, west Louisville was carved out as a less desirable place. They were having trouble with flooding, this was after the flood, and that was also where the industry was, so let's put the black people there. EW: Something that I read in the book was understanding kind of the GI bill and the New Deal and how that was only for the white Americans. The American Dream was only offered to whites. FBW: You can't fix what you don't face. EW: And the GI bill benefited my white great-grandfather, coming back from war. He was given an opportunity to buy a home. But those black men who fought alongside him were not given the opportunity to buy a home, because the GI Bill was not offered to them. FBW: And it's so nefarious, it's so diabolical how systemic it is and how tightly it has been woven throughout the fabric of our country and community. If you're not careful, it can be overwhelming. JP: We've blamed black people for poverty. When the reality is if we're going to do any blaming it needs to be against the agencies and the white institutions that took money from them essentially and have kept them in the position that they're in now of being impoverished. EW: We put a lot of pressure on the black community, on African-Americans to help teach us and to come out of our own kind of embedded racism. But we have to put forth more effort, as white Americans, to learn this on our own. FBW: That mentality is, "You need to do something because I'm not a part of the problem." And the typical, often white response is, "Well, whether it was my ancestors or not, I wasn't here, I wasn't responsible for setting up the system." That's true. But you benefit from the system. JP: Maybe my government had some beneficial or kind reasons or logical reasons for doing what they did. Nonetheless, what they did has adversely affected black America. And I, as a white person realize that I am a person who got privilege as a result of what was taken from black people. FBW: So you have a responsibility now, if you disagree with the unholy arrangement, then you can't just call on people who are victimized by the system to be the solution. A large part of the solution is the people who have influence and power and who benefit. What that requires then, is that people give up privilege, which is difficult. EW: We often say, "Oh that's in the past." But it really is a fresh history that we can find solutions for today. JP: I'm hopeful that our mayor will take some bold action and will come out with an executive order that tries in some way to repair the damage done. FBW: It has nothing to do with resources or the skill set to be able to pull it off. It has to do with the will of the city. The city does not have the will to do it. And the city won't admit that that's it. They want to say "We tried this, we tried that." But it's not a priority to the city. If it were, it would be done. JP: Is there a piece of property in West Louisville that's owned by the city that could be returned to people in West Louisville in such a way that it would empower the people in West Louisville to gain wealth and gain their own sense of power. FBW: Case in point. I've been here long enough in Louisville to remember what the riverfront and what downtown used to look like. It was terrible. The city decided, that's got to change. There was nothing easy about that. They did not stop until what they wanted to do was done. It had nothing to do with resources. Where there were no resources, they found them. JP: So I think there is a call for people, especially people of faith, to repair the damage that's been done. EW: For too long, white people have been apathetic. JP: I think it's gotta start one person at a time, one community at a time, one faith group at a time. And I think, one city at a time FBW: It's the equivalent of thinking, because I don't live in that community, it doesn't affect me. That would be like being in first class in a plane, and a fire catches on in coach. And you think 'That's in coach'...if coach goes down, the whole plane goes down. Well, that's true about the West End. We're all connected. Empower West's City-Wide Book Read, featuring author Richard Rothstein, will be Monday, February 12 at Crescent Hill Baptist Church. The Next Louisville project is a collaboration between WFPL News and the Community Foundation of Louisville. For more work from the project, click here. Listen to Redlining's Complicated Legacy

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