Radio Interview in Chicago

Bedell and Kauffman

Justin Kaufman of WGN radio in Chicago talked with Ken Bedell on September 13, 2017. In the 30 minute interview they discussed Rev. Jesse Jackson's 1988 speech at the National Democratic Convention where he proposed using the image of a patchwork quilt to describe a vision of America without racism. With this image all ethnic and racial identities have full participation in the American life. Also, each patch makes a contribution, so if a patch is missing the quilt is not complete. The image focuses on what every identity group can contribute to American society.

Justin also asked Ken about connection between racism and his work at the US Department of Education on the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. This led to a discussion of the strategy of using a shared experience of community service as a starting point for college students or others to talk about what they value. The conversation about values related to community service can be a starting point for discussion of religious and ethnic cultural values.

You can listen to the whole interview at the WGN website.