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How descendants of Plessy and Ferguson united more than 100 years after famous court decision

Keith Plessy and Phoebe Ferguson of the Plessy and Ferguson foundation
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Keith Plessy and Phoebe Ferguson of the Plessy and Ferguson foundation

More than 100 years ago, the Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court case established separate but equal and led to decades of segregation. Today, descendants from both sides of the court battle are working together.

On Wednesday's Louisiana Considered, we talked to Keith Plessy and Phoebe Ferguson about their organization, The Plessy and Ferguson Foundation, to learn how they came together to promote the teaching of history through mutual understanding.

But first, Together New Orleans and some partner organizations are seeking to provide electricity to communities during natural disasters. Dubbed the Community Lighthouse Project, the new initiative aims to equip congregations and community centers with solar power and backup generators. Abel Thompson, an organizer with Together New Orleans, and Rev. Gregory Manning of Broadmoor Community Church in New Orleans tell us more about launching this project.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Adam Vos. 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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Adam is responsible for coordinating WRKF's programming and making sure everything you hear on the radio runs smoothly. He is Newscast Editor for the WRKF/WWNO Newsroom. Adam is also the Baton Rouge-based host for Louisiana Considered, our daily regional news program, and is frequently the local voice afternoons on All Things Considered.
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.