According to Glenn Reedus in his recent article for the Chicago Reporter, “Being an African-American police officer — black in blue — can be a contentious choice in a community that is in a tug-of-war over police conduct.” That’s part of why the Afro-American Patrolmen’s League was founded in 1968: To be a buffer between the Chicago Police Department and the city’s African-American community.
To hear more about that organization, we were joined by:
• Glenn Reedus, reporter
• Pat Hill, former Executive Director at the African American Police League, Formerly the Afro-American Patrolmen’s League
• Buzz Palmer, a founder of the League
Then, we caught up with Practically Speaking’s Audra Wilson. She talks about her experiences learning more about youth struggling with homelessness (both in urban and suburban settings). She also explored the successes and failures of the federal McKinney-Vento act. The legislation requires school districts to be pro-active in finding homeless children who are not attending school.
The Barber Shop Show airs on Fridays and Saturdays at Noon on 91.1FM. You can also stream live at vocalo.org. In addition, the show broadcasts on Sundays at 3pm on WBEZ 91.5FM.