Friday, July 15, 2016

165. BLM Activist Joseph Coco

165. We interview Joseph Coco, who is a graduate student at LSU and a Black Lives Matter activist. We focus on the events of the last week following the police shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge. He is also the executive director of Deep South Justice. Deep South Justice (DSJ) is an community organizing forum intended to build connections between marginalized communities and our allies. DSJ exists to push for policy initiatives, fight discrimination, and to facilitate events and programming in response to injustice in the South of the United States.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. July 16 1928 Gov. David Treen born in Baton Rouge.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. July 16, 1956. Beginning in 1950, the annual Soap Box Derby, sponsored by NORD, the New Orleans Item, and Chevrolet, zoomed down various overpasses in the city. In 1956, the Derby moved from its former location on the Franklin Avenue overpass to the recently completed Wisner Boulevard overpass. The big race attracted 130 boys that year and drew a crowd of 10,000 fans. The winner was fifteen-year-old Otto Potier.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Purchased Lives: America’s Domestic Slave Trade
    June 4th, 2016 - August 20th, 2016
    Alexandria Museum of Art
    933 Second Street,
    Alexandria, LA 71301
    318-443-3458
    Website 
    Alexandria Museum of Art
    This exhibition, originally shown at the Historic New Orleans Collection, examines the individuals involved in the slave trade, considering New Orleans and Louisiana’s role in this era of US history. The exhibit includes period broadsides, paintings, and prints illustrating the domestic slave trade, ship manifests, and first-person accounts from slave narratives and oral histories.
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