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“Darker Than Blue” is in three parts. The first is an excerpt of a conversation I had with with Joe Johnston, an assistant professor of sociology at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, who earned his PhD at Indiana University in Bloomington studying how and why Kentucky has not enacted any state charter laws in education. He studies Jefferson County schools in Louisville and compares it with Marion County Schools in Indianapolis to try to understand why Indianapolis became a national example of how to insert Charter schools into public education. That full conversation will be available online as a podcast.
Part two is a musical bridge, an 8 minute song composed by jazz drummer Max Roach and featuring Abbey Lincoln called Triptych: Prayer, Protest, Peace. It comes off of Roach’s 1960 album We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite. Prepare yourself for the “protest” section of the song.
Part Three is a conversation with professor Carlton Waterhouse from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law to talk about the Supreme Court’s role in desegregation and also in resegregation. We’ll also talk about his work applying Social Dominance Theory to the history of Supreme Court Decisions.
The show will close with John Coltrane’s “Alabama” off of the 1963 album Live at Birdland which was written in response to the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing on September 15, 1963, an attack by the Ku Klux Klan in Birmingham, Alabama that killed four girls.
Joseph B. Johnston, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Gonzaga University. He teaches courses on Education, Law & Politics, Statistics, Social Psychology, and Introductory Sociology. He studies urban educational inequality, specifically how educational policies that contribute to, or reduce, inequality come to be adopted in the first place.
Carlton Waterhouse, Professor of Law and Dean’s Fellow. He is nationally recognized for his work on environmental justice and is known internationally for his research and writing on reparations for historic injustices and state human rights violations. Professor Waterhouse currently serves as a member of the Indiana Advisory Committee to the United States Civil Rights Commission.
“We People Who Are Darker Than Blue,” Curtis Mayfield
“Triptych: Prayer, Protest, Peace,” Max Roach (Abbey Lincoln)
“Alabama,” John Coltrane
Why Indiana has charter schools and Kentucky doesn’t
Resisting Charters: A Comparative Policy Development Analysis of Washington and Kentucky, 2002–2012
Carlton Waterhouse at United Days 2014
Racism, School Desegregation Laws and the Civil Rights Movement in the United States
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford