The Junction: Stories From Ensley, Alabama. Episode 1

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WBHM is one of 15 stations chosen for Localore: Finding America – a national initiative to expand public media. Over the next several months, WBHM will bring you “The Junction: Stories from Ensley, Alabama” – a project created by independent producer Mary Quintas. To many people outside of the community, Ensley is merely a crime-ridden, impoverished place. “The Junction” goes beyond the quick crime reports to explore what life is like in Ensley according to the community itself. Here is the first story in the series.

For more, visit The Junction’s website.

Mary Quintas

Producer of The Junction: Stories from Ensley, Alabama



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Ensley residents who remember that tragic event and the role the community played in the civil rights movement say this rich history is important today as Ensley looks toward revitalization.

The Junction: Oasis Gardens Ensley
09-2-2016

In an alley in downtown Ensley, Hank Layman is transforming a parking lot into something that’s been missing from the community for years: a garden.

The Junction: Sebastian Kole
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Birmingham native Sebastian Kole spoke with producer Mary Quintas about his connection to Ensley, how it informs his music, and the positive changes he sees in the community.

The Junction: We Won’t Be Next
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After police shootings and racially-charged murders this month, the national conversation is once again focused on the fraught relationship between police and black communities. To address these tensions, The Birmingham City Council recently hosted a forum in Ensley called “We Won’t Be Next.” Rachel Osier Lindley brings us the latest in our series, The Junction: […]

The Junction: Stories from Ensley, Alabama – Janice Houston Nixon
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In 1967, 12-year-old Janice Houston Nixon decided to transfer from the all-black school in her native Ensley, to an all-white school nearby. Nixon was inspired to do so by her sister, integration pioneer Carolyn Houston Crumbley Major, who we profiled in a previous episode of The Junction: Stories from Ensley, Alabama. In this latest installment of the […]