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Decades after his arrest for marching in favor of integration, Judge Calvin Johnson receives apology

In 1963, 16-year-old Calvin Johnson and a group of fellow Black students protested to integrate their schools in Plaquemine, Louisiana. The group was not only met with violence from the community and law enforcement, but Johnson was arrested and convicted of starting a riot.

While Johnson is now a successful Judge for Orleans Parish Criminal Court, the 75-year-old always wanted a formal apology on behalf of the state. And earlier this month he received just that.

Judge Calvin Johnson, along with Dean of Loyola Law School, Madeleine Landrieu – who presented the apology issued by Governor Edwards – join us to talk about the experience.

When the local school board in Selma, Alabama hired a new superintendent in 2017, the district had been in trouble for years. Avis Williams promised to turn things around, and she did. As Williams heads to New Orleans to lead the country’s only all-charter school system, WWNO’s Education reporter Aubri Juhasz takes a look at her impact on her previous school district.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Karen Henderson. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubry Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

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Karl Lengel has returned to New Orleans to serve as WWNO’s local host for All Things Considered, a post he held here pre-Katrina. Besides radio, Karl has had a long theatrical career too; read on to learn all about our talented and versatile announcer!
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WRKF from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.