The Los Angeles Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department will launch Forward Together, a podcast by the department’s Human Relations Commission on Friday, April 29. The three-episode podcast will explore the L.A. civil unrest of 1992 on its 30th anniversary through the stories of diverse Angelenos.
“As a storyteller, I know the power that a new perspective or a lived experience can bring to an issue,” narrator Lisa Ling said. “The civil unrest of 1992 is part of the L.A. story, and it needs to be told so that we can have real understanding in Los Angeles. I am grateful to the L.A. Civil Rights Department and Human Relations Commission for collecting these stories and having me be a part of the journey.”
Forward Together, produced by students from the USC Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism, will allow listeners to hear real conversations between Angelenos of different backgrounds on how the civil unrest of 1992 changed them.
Episode one, “Faith,” drops on April 29 and will feature a conversation between two friends whose bond was built in the aftermath of 1992. Reverend “J” Edgar Boyd, pastor at First A.M.E. Church of Los Angeles, and Emile Mack, retired firefighter and current vice president of the Korean American Federation of Los Angeles, explore the realities of building solidarity and what it means to forge a path forward between the Black community and the Korean American community.
Episode two, “Memory,” will be released on May 2 and will feature artist Victoria Cassinova, who painted the mural of Latasha Harlins at L.A.’s Algin Sutton Park, and filmmaker Justin Chon (“Pachinko,” “Gook”). Together, the two artists, who had never met before the conversation, quickly find a common bond in their struggles to depict the events of 1992 for a new generation.
The third episode, “Healing,” will be available on May 5 and will feature a conversation between two friends raised in the aftermath of the 1992 civil unrest. Activist Haewon Asfaw, who is Black and Korean and one of the foundering members of Black Lives Matter L.A., and therapist Gonji Lee, who describes themselves as a Korean queer femme child of immigrants who specializes in intergenerational trauma, share their stories about growing up in the aftermath of the 1992 unrest, how they see Los Angeles grappling with racial injustice today and how they are fostering healing, hope and solidarity in the next generation together.
“Thirty years after the LA Civil Unrest, we wanted to hear directly from Angelenos about what has changed since ‘92 and what hasn’t,” L.A. Civil Rights executive director Capri Maddox said. “Our Human Relations Commission has recorded powerful conversations that tell the stories of what it really means to build solidarity in Los Angeles, and the work that still needs to be done to create equity and opportunity for all.”
Forward Together will be available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Anchor.fm and more.
For more information, visit anchor.fm/lacivilrights.
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