Flatbush + Main: A Podcast from Brooklyn Historical Society
About This Show
Flatbush + Main is a podcast dedicated to Brooklyn history. In each episode, co-hosts Zaheer Ali and Julie Golia, historians at Brooklyn Historical Society, dive deep into Brooklyn’s past, tying it to the issues facing New Yorkers and Americans today.
Most Recent Episode
Flatbush + Main Episode 06: School Segregation in Brooklyn
In episode 06 of Brooklyn Historical Society's podcast Flatbush + Main, co-hosts Zaheer Ali and Julie Golia explore the complicated relationship between race, power, and policy in Brooklyn's educational system over two centuries. They speak with journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and historian Ansley Erickson about the rezoning of one Brooklyn school, P.S. 307, and the roots of school segregation in New York City. They head into the archives to analyze an 1863 letter written by William J. Wilson, an educational leader in Brooklyn's African American community. In "Voices of Brooklyn," they listen to the experiences of Mary Barksdale, who served as a local school board representative and president of the parent-teachers association in her son's school in the Brooklyn neighborhood of East New York. Finally, they get a glimpse into one of BHS's most innovative after school programs from Shirley Brown-Alleyne, BHS Manager of Teaching and Learning.
For complete show notes, go to brooklynhistory.org/flatbush-main.