The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST For Monday, October 19, 2015. (Interview With Folks From Indy Chapter of Black Expo’s Partnership With Warren Township Schools Starts At 4:06 Mark On PODCAST Media Player). Many don’t realize that Indiana Black Expo has individual chapters in a number of cities across Indiana, including here in Indianapolis. On Afternoons with Amos, the Indianapolis Chapter of Indiana Black Expo announced a partnership with he Warren Township Schools and the Indiana Commission on Higher Education in an effort to increase the number of Warren Township 7th and 8th graders enrolling in the 21st Century Scholars Program. That program pays the tuition costs for Indiana students who sign up in their 7th and 8th grades, promise to maintain a 2.5 GPA in high school, stay alcohol and drug free and not get arrested. Those who sign up as 21st Century Scholars also have to participate in job shadowing and visit at least one college during their high school years.
Warren Township has some 1,300 of their students enrolled in 21st Century Scholars, but they want to dramatically increase that number. Emil Ekiyor, Vice-President of the Indy Chapter of Black Expo joined Warren Township School Superintendent Dr. Dena Cushenberry and members of the Warren Central High School staff and Tim Clark of the Commission for Higher Education in talking about this unique partnership designed to increase college enrollment.
(Interview With State Board Of Education Vice-Chair Sarah O’Brien Starts At 37:05 Mark On Media Player). Also regarding education, Sarah O’Brien, Vice-Chair of the Indiana State Board of Education appeared on Afternoons with Amos to talk about the growing concerns over the new ISTEP tests and delays in the release of test scores for the tests which were given in March and May of this year. O’Brien, a three time Teacher of the Year in Avon, talked about the controversy, why it’s happening and what the State Board and the Department of Education plan to do about it. O’Brien also discussed the state’s new education standards and the expected drop in ISTEP scores and plans for the State Board to educate parents, students and the community on their ISTEP impact.
(Interview With County Clerk Myla Eldridge On Encouraging People To Voti In the 2015 Election Starts At 49:30 Mark On Media Player). Marion County Clerk Myla Eldridge is lonely. Early voting started two weeks ago, but so far just 1,026 persons have voted already downtown in the Clerk’s office in the City County Building. That’s a drop of 50% from this time four years ago. Clerk Eldridge appeared on the program to answer questions about voting and to encourage the community to get out and vote. Early if possible at the Clerk’s first floor office. Parking in a lot at Pearl Street and New Jersey Avenue has been set aside for reimbursed parking. Early voting hours between now and Sunday, November 2nd is from 8am till 5pm Weekdays and 10am to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
(Interview With Cast Members And Playwright Of April 4 1968 Play Starts At 1:16:18 Mark On Media Player). The impact of what happened at 17th and Broadway in Indianapolis on the evening Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated, April 4, 1968 have been documented in books and documentaries. Now how Indianapolis dealt with that day has been made into a stage play. April 4, 1968 is the new production opening now through November 15th at the Indiana Repertory Theater’s Upperstage.
Playwright James Still who’s made researching and recorded oral interviews with those who were there that day has written this play April 4, 1968. Still appeared on Afternoons with Amos along with two principals of the play. Christina Harper who plays Geneva and Michael Keck who was the music composer for the project and also plays a WTLC DJ. WTLC, which was just eight weeks old when April 4, 1968 occurred, is a integral part of the story since even in its early days, WTLC had quickly become an integral part of the Black community’s life. (Interview With Documentary Filmmaker Bill Brummel On His Film Selma:The Bridge To The Ballot Starts At 27:57 Mark On Media Player). Many of you saw the Hollywood movie Selma. But a documentary about that struggle for voting rights in that Alabama city tells the real story of the heroic civil rights warriors. Selma:The Bridge to the Ballot was produced by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The documentary is one of the selections at this year’s Heartland Film Festival. Bill Brummell, Producer/Director talked about the documentary on Afternoons with Amos and revealed how important teens and young adults were in the Selma movement that helped pave the way for the landmark Voting Rights Act. The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST For Monday, October 19, 2015 Runs 92 Minutes. ©2015 WTLC/Radio One. PODCAST Starts After Brief Video Ad.