To commemorate the 43rd anniversary of Dr. King's historic speech, Florida Matters is replaying a broadcast from February 3rd of of this year.
In August of 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his influential "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Host Robin Sussingham speaks with local leaders about the progress made since 1963 and what challenges lie ahead for Tampa Bay's African-American community. This week's program explores issues ranging from education to politics to the state of today's African American family. It's a conversation everyone in Tampa Bay needs to hear.
Maura Barrios tells Centro Mi Diario reporter Yadira Caro about her life growing up as a member of a working class Cuban-American family in West Tampa in the late-1960s. She talks about being fascinated by the counter-culture of the times, overcoming that attraction to establish her own identity as a college student and learning to celebrate and embrace her own culture.
Music Credits: Incense & Peppermints by Strawberry Alarm Clock, Incense & Peppermints, UMG Recordings
Transportation planners insist it's time to start thinking regionally.The alternative, they say, is gridlock within 20 years. WUSF’s Robin Sussingham hosts a discussion of the future of transportation in the Tampa Bay region.
John Falkenham, a self-described “ordinary person,’’ recalls his happy childhood visiting his uncle’s Vermont farm, where he discovered the simple pleasures in life. Among his favorite stories: a black-and-white “kitten’’ that became his pet and helping sugar off maple trees.
Music Credits: Still (Reprise) by Ben Folds, Over The Hedge from Sony BMG Entertainment
Brothers Albert and Rudy Fernandez of Tampa talk about the importance of education and history in the lives of their close-knit family. Both grew up in an academic household led by their Fulbright Scholar father and author who took them along to Spain to study. They have passed along that multigenerational love of learning to their own children and the greater community as public servants.
Music credits: Superman March by John Williams, Wish Upon A Star, Philips