NEXT with Marcus Atkinson The socioeconomic, educational, racial, and ethnic backgrounds of Erie's citizens have never been as wonderfully diverse as they are today. In order to paint a holistic picture of the plight, hopes, and dreams of Erie, NEXT seeks to spotlight and analyze issues that affect inner city Erie from the perspective of its next generation of voices – voices of those who are taking the lead on various aspects of the community. As it was during the days of the iconic Dr. King, the winds of change are often reflected in the actions and words of a younger and more idealistic age group. Learn who's next in your community, on NEXT.
NEXT with Marcus Atkinson

NEXT with Marcus Atkinson

From WQLN Radio 91.3 FM

The socioeconomic, educational, racial, and ethnic backgrounds of Erie's citizens have never been as wonderfully diverse as they are today. In order to paint a holistic picture of the plight, hopes, and dreams of Erie, NEXT seeks to spotlight and analyze issues that affect inner city Erie from the perspective of its next generation of voices – voices of those who are taking the lead on various aspects of the community. As it was during the days of the iconic Dr. King, the winds of change are often reflected in the actions and words of a younger and more idealistic age group. Learn who's next in your community, on NEXT.

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Ep 3 - A Time for Optimism in Erie: New Community Voices, Economic Development

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