|Tamika Lee||Deanna Carr||Jessica Austin||Tiera Campbell||Yakera Barbee|
Our Journey: Stories of School Desegregation and Community in Champaign-Urbana is a 60-minute radio documentary produced by Jessica Austin, Yakera Barbee, Tiera Campbell, Deanna Carr, Tamika Lee, Veronica Martin and Markisha Motton from Franklin Magnet Middle School who conducted the interviews and edited the stories with guidance from WILL. Narrated by Tiera Campbell.
“Our Journey” was directed by Kimberlie Kranich. Co-director Dr. Will Patterson, visiting assistant professor U of I, technical instructor Dave Dickey, assistant producer Shawyn Williams, Franklin Magnet Middle School teachers Shameem Rakha and Kathleen Carroll. Website designed by Jack Brighton.
Send your comments and feedback about our radio program
and website to Kimberlie Kranich at email@example.com.
Kimberlie Kranich is outreach coordinator at WILL AM-FM-TV. She
is director and producer of the Our Journey project and worked
with the Franklin students and teachers and Dr. Will Patterson,
co-director of the project, from the idea stage to the final product.
"This has been one of the finest and best experiences in my 13 years of public broadcasting. Watching the students mature and grow in their communication, analytical and engineering skills has been a real joy. My goal is to turn this project into something sustainable and repeatable by Franklin Middle School as well as other stations and schools."
Dr. Will Patterson is visiting professor in Afro-American studies at
the University of Illinois, founder of Innovative Ed, an educational
programming, multimedia marketing, and action research company, and
co-director of the Our Journey project. Dr. Patterson initiated
the partnership between WILL and Franklin Middle School that lead to the
Our Journey project.
"The oral history project Our Journey is an example of how collaborative educational partnerships between the University of Illinois, public schools, students, community members, and parents can engage young people in the process of understanding why educational opportunity is important from a historical perspective in order to encourage them to appreciate learning in more contemporary times."
Dave Dickey is the director of agricultural programming at
WILL-AM 580 and an award-winning
journalist of almost two decades. He has worked more than seven years
with youth at Champaign-Urbana middle schools in developing documentary
projects on numerous issues of concern to central Illinois residents. He
worked with the Franklin students teaching them interviewing skills and
sound engineering techniques.
"It has been exciting to witness the growth of students at Franklin Middle School associated with this project. They have come away with life skills that will help them in whatever vocation they choose to pursue."
Shawyn Williams is a Ph.D. student in the College of Education at
the University of Illinois. She is associate producer for the Our
Journey project and worked with the Franklin students from the
analysis stage to the final product.
"I have found that in order to
truly educate our youth, teachers, parents, and community organizations
must collaborate to construct high quality learning experiences for our
children that extend beyond the classroom walls, such as the Our
Journey project. This project is so significant because it is
attempting to build the respectful relationships that are presently
nonexistent between the African-American community, Champaign schools,
and local community organizations."
|Titianna Mays, 8th grade student at Urbana Middle School and member of "All Girls Radio" (engineered at WILL and heard on WBCP Radio, AM-1580), engineered the interview with Kathleen Slates.|
Shameem Rakha is a 6th Grade Reading and Social Studies teacher
at Franklin Middle School. This is her 11th year of teaching. She has
been involved in the Brown v. Board of Education radio documentary
project throughout the course of this year. She is committed to this
project and others like it which make learning "real" to her students.
"I have been amazed at the growth I have seen amongst the students who have been involved with this project. Seeing them actively involved in learning, listening to them ask critical questions of themselves and their peers, and watching them thinking in new and critical ways, has been worth every drop of energy I have given to this process."
Kathleen Carroll teaches 7th Grade Social Studies at Franklin Middle
school. She has been involved in the Brown v. Board of Education radio
documentary project throughout the course of this year.
"As teachers and students, there are a variety of sources upon which to draw when we approach the past. Newspapers, diaries, letters, photographs and other documents all have their place in our classrooms; but rarely do we have the chance to connect our classroom to our community. This is what the WILL Radio documentary project has done for seven young ladies from Franklin Middle School; and it has given both Shameem Rakha and mea marvelous opportunity and a treasured memory."
Ms. Sandy Powell is Principal of Franklin Middle School in
The Beyond Brown radio project has been one of the most
powerful educational projects I have had the privilege of implementing
as a principal in Unit 4 schools. The students involved have gained a
new respect for the impact and relevance of history in our lives. They
certainly gained a newfound reverence for the field of radio journalism
and the use of technology for productions. During the project, I watched
middle school student's blossom into young women with a deeper
understanding of their heritage. Additionally, this project had a
tremendous influence on their academics and social skills as they became
more self confident and developed a sense of "I Can."
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