Flashpoint: Connecting King's legacy to COVID-19, unrest and insurrection; COVID-19 in prisons; MLK Day of Service


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This weekend on Flashpoint, host Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in light of COVID-19 racial disparities, unrest following the death of George Floyd, Joe Biden's historic election win and corresponding insurrection and rage at the U.S. Capitol.

Jeanne Theoharis, professor of political science at Brooklyn College is author of A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History and The Rebellious Life of Rosa Parks. She's also co-editor of Julian Bond’s A Time to Teach: A History of the Southern Civil Rights Movement.

Theoharis argues that the legacy of King has been whitewashed in history and the civil rights movement of the '50s, '60s and '70s was radically and similarly regarded as the Black Lives Matter movement of today. She also compares police surveillance of Black protesters in the 20th century to that of today, as well as the backlash at the Capitol.

The newsmaker of the week is COVID-19 behind the wall. The Pennsylvania institutional Law Project recently released an animated film documenting the accounts of inmates living in Pennsylvania Department of Correction facilities during the pandemic.

The goal is to raise awareness and spark change. PILP Director Su Ming Yeh joins the film's narrator, Chester Hollman III, a 2019 exonerate who recently settled his wrongful conviction claim with the city of Philadelphia for a record $9.8 million.

Then, the Patriot Home Care Changemaker of the week is the Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service. Usually, Philadelphia's event is the largest in the nation, but this year, because of the pandemic things will be different. King Day organizer and Global Citizen founder Todd Bernstein joins us. The main event at Girard College is free COVID-19 testing from 9 a.m. to noon. Details on that event and others, are at the Day of Service website.

Flashpoint airs every Saturday at 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on KYW Newsradio 103.9FM and 1060AM. It also airs at 5 a.m. Sundays on B101FM and WPHT 1210AM, at 6 a.m. on WOGL 98.1 and TDY 96.5 and 6:30a.m. on 94.1 WIP.

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