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This is Power Your Story, a podcast made for students by students at Ray Graham Training Center High School in Chicago. Representing diverse voices, we tell real life stories through the power of podcasting technology, interviews, and round table discussions..

Production support from After School Matters and Andrea Klunder from The Creative Impostor Studios via the Podcast Tech: Power Your Story program.

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May 25, 2023

This is part 2 of round table conversations recorded by our student producers in the wake of the murder of George Floyd by police on May 25, 2020. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to go back to part 1 and listen to that one first, then come back to this one.

Also be kind to yourself and to our students who vulnerably and openly shared what were pretty fresh, raw emotions as the aftermath of this incident was unfolding.

It is important to remember the context — this was recoding in 2020 during the COVID pandemic lockdown. A divisive president was in the White House, that the majority of our students (but not all) felt anguish over. The Black Lives Matter Movement had gained visibility, and was convtroversial in certain circles. Riots were breaking out across the country, including in Chicago, and doing major damage to property and there were also peaceful demonstrations of anger, outrage, and support for the citizens, families, and communities most impacted by racial violence. We were hearing cries of "defund the police" without totally being clear what that meant. 

You will hear opinions and statements you agree with AND ones you will disagree with.

We definitely encourage you to seek out and support commemorative events and grassroots organizations in your local community and take care of yourself during this time.

Thank you for listening.

This episode was produced by students in our 2020 Podcasting Season.


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Power Your Story is produced by students in the Podcast Tech & Production programs of After School Matters in Chicago. We represent diverse voices, telling our real life stories through the power of podcasting technology.

Each season features a new group of student producers under the mentorship of producer, Andrea Klunder of The Creative Impostor Studios, creating personal journals, interviews, and discussions about the topics that matter most to us.

Our theme music is by DJ Sparkz.