As promised, we’re back with another 2 editions of Local History Matters, our collaboration with 6th graders from Ramsey Middle School. This week, the students explore the Plymouth Avenue riots of 1967, stopping to think about similarities with last year’s protests following the killing of Jamar Clark by police. Students also discuss the history of The Metrodome, celebrating the homefield advantage it gave Minnesota sports teams while acknowledging that it was a pretty awful stadium.
If you missed last week’s segments on Mercado Central and the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, make sure you check those out too!
Last fall, we started a partnership with Ramsey Middle School and two classrooms of enthusiastic 6th graders. We came and talked to them about the history of community radio, the importance of controlling your own narrative, and the power of place-making. They spent the semester working with their fantastic teachers (Kara Cisco and Paul Sommers) to identify local places of interest, research their history and significance, then write, record, and edit short radio segments reporting on what they found. Over the next few months we will be sharing these reports, two each Tuesday.