February 17, 2012

A Conversation With....

Daniel Kiel is a professor at the The University of Memphis' Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Pierre Kimsey sits down with Daniel to talk about his latest documentary film project, The Memphis 13, a look at the desegregation of Memphis City Schools fifty years ago, featuring interviews with all 13 pioneering families and other key individuals.

February 13, 2012

Atlantic: In Memphis Classrooms, the Ghost of Segregation Lingers

Samantha Crawford, an 18-year-old high-school senior, doesn't like to use the word "ghetto" to describe her neighborhood in the center of Memphis, Tennessee, but she can't think of a better one. In Binghampton, people drink and hang out. They are transient, moving from apartment to apartment and job to job. Many don't work at all. Samantha speculates that few have finished college, or even high school.

In the past two years, though, Samantha has begun to look at her neighborhood as an inspiration. "It's not about where I stay, or wherever I come from, but what I'm going to make of it," she says.

Samantha once earned only Bs and Cs. Now, she makes straight As. She had dreamed of college, but wasn't sure how she'd get there. Now, she's feeling overwhelmed by the choices available to her. In the past few months, she received five college acceptance letters, along with a scholarship to a local community college.

Read the full article from the Atlantic here.