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Louisiana African American Heritage Trail is officially relaunched; here are the details

On today’s episode of Louisiana Considered, we learn about the recently relaunched African American Heritage Trail. And we check in with Dads on Duty — a group of fathers committed to ending school violence in Shreveport — one year after its founding. This episode originally aired on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022. To hear the full episode, click the “play” button above.

Last week, Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Office of Tourism officially relaunched the African American Heritage Trail. The trail was first launched in February of 2008 with 26 sites, but the new trail includes 38 sites and counting. Nungesser joins us for more information on the trail and the stories featured along the way.

It’s been a year since a group of fathers at a Shreveport high school responded to a rash of violence and fights by taking shifts and patrolling the campus. Initially formed in response to the arrests of 23 students over a three-day period last fall, “Dads on Duty” has seen the number of school fights drop significantly.

Dads on Duty USA co-founder Craig Lee tells us more about the success of the organization and how other parents across the nation are duplicating this model.

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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Karen Henderson is an award-winning journalist whose stories have aired nationally on NPR.
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.