July 28th Show : Blog Of The Nation In our first hour, the Harlem Children's Zone and the desecration of Burr Oak cemetery. In our second hour, this black male moment.
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July 28th Show

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Harlem Children's Zone

Harlem Children's Zone
In cities across the United States, many kids are born into poverty, perform poorly in school, and end up dropping out or serving time in jail. We continue our new series called "What Works" with a look at the Harlem Children's Zone. We'll speak with president and CEO Geoffrey Canada about how his nonprofit organization is rebuilding communities and the education system, and changing the lives of thousands of children.

Burr Oak Cemetery
Earlier this month, officials found more than two-hundred desecrated graves and human remains piled at the far end of Burr Oak Cemetery, just south of Chicago. Dawn Turner Trice, who writes the "Exploring Race" column for the Chicago Tribune, has relatives buried at Burr Oak, and she shares the anger of thousands of people who are searching for the graves of deceased loved ones. Do you have a relative who was buried at Burr Oak, or have you suffered through the desecration of a loved one's grave? We want to hear from you.

This Black Male Moment
The ascent of President Obama to the White House prompted millions of African-American men to reflect, as did the recent arrest of Henry Louis Gates, a professor at Harvard University. Author Ta-Nehisi Coates and former Assistant Attorney General Roger Wilkins help us open the floor for our African-American male listeners to have a conversation about their experiences with race, gender, class, authority and change as black men in America.