Kojo explores how heroin reached this region, why it’s hitting young people particularly hard, and how communities are fighting this new drug war on the ground.
In 1960, five young African-Americans climbed aboard a carousel at Glen Echo Park in Maryland. Their goal was to desegregate the popular amusement park, and white residents in the neighborhood soon joined their campaign. A look at the Glen Echo protests and their impact on the local civil rights movement.
- Esther Delaplaine Former Bannockburn neighborhood resident and activist in the Glen Echo protests
- Gwendolyn Britt Maryland state senator and former Glen Echo protester
- Tina Clarke African-American/Black liaison officer for Montgomery County Executive Douglas Duncan
- Sam Swersky Park Ranger, Glen Echo Park
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