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Jecorey Arthur and Quintez Brown

Jecorey Arthur and Quintez Brown

Renee Shaw speaks with two Louisvillians on the front lines of social and racial justice: Jecorey Arthur, a classically trained musician who is the youngest person to be elected to the Louisville Metro Council, and Quintez Brown, a University of Louisville political science student who is also a Courier Journal op-ed columnist writing about race, youth opinion, and social justice.
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Young Activists Bring New Energy to Louisville

He’s been called Corey by his family, Mr. Arthur by his music students, and 1200 by the fans of his percussion work and hip-hop performances. Starting in January, 28-year old Jecorey Arthur will also be know as councilman when he becomes the youngest person to serve on the Louisville Metro Council.

“I’m looking forward to bringing that sense of young energy, new energy to council and make sure I address some things that have been going on far too long,” he says.

But Arthur admits he didn’t really want to seek office. Instead he thought it was something he needed to do to help address what he says is the neglect that Black Americans have experienced for decades.

“We are saying there needs to be bold, transformative policy changes,” he says, “policy that is unapologetic about fixing the people who built this country.”

Arthur’s path to politics started with music. As a child to a single mother in West Louisville, Arthur was a drummer and then drum major for his high school band. He went on to study percussion and music education at the University of Louisville. In addition to being a performer, producer, and promoter, Arthur taught music to children in Jefferson County classrooms and after-school programs.

“I never was in the school to teach you how to be a good musician,” he says. “I was really there to teach you how to be a good person.”

As his political awareness blossomed, Arthur thought he might become a lobbyist. But he says he realized that to make real change happen, he had to seek office.

“I’m ready to be the loudest, the proudest, the most unapologetic, blackest, the youngest, and some people say the prettiest politician that they’ve ever seen,” Arthur says.

Everyone a Leader

According to Arthur, life for Black Americans, or as he says American descendants of slavery (ADOS), has not improve much in the past 50 years. He attributes that to community disinvestment, poor educational practices, the crack cocaine epidemic, mass incarceration and other factors. He contends the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and ‘60s relied too much on iconic leaders who failed to pass the torch to younger generations who could’ve continued the fight.

“We should’ve never had messiah leadership where the movement died with a person or with persons,” Arthur says. “It’s almost like when Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated, Black politics fell asleep.”

Instead of relying on one main leader, Arthur says the movement needs everyone to be leaders by applying the unique skills and qualities that we have as individuals to different aspects of the fight.

For his part as a new councilman, Arthur says wants to ensure the Metro Council does good for the community.

“As a Black legislator, I not only have to write the legislation, I have to right the legislation,” he says. “I have to correct some wrongs that have taken place.”

For example, Arthur says the city’s Neighborhood Advisory Councils are structured in such a way as to deter people who have suffered an eviction or have a criminal record from participating. He also contends the way to prevent police violence against Black men and women is to dismantle social and economic policies that adversely impact communities of color.

“What would happen if we addressed poverty, the root cause of the police showing up to your place in the first place,” he says, “and make sure that you don’t have to resort to a life of crime.”

He also says he wants to restore Black Americans to being the “priority minority” they were during the Civil Rights movement. Arthur contends they’ve become the “ugly stepchild” that doesn’t even warrant reparations like he says Native Americans and Japanese Americans have received.

“We have yet to see reparations, direct payments being paid to the descendants of the people who built this country,” he says. “We’ve yet to see protections and laws go beyond just symbolism... Tearing down a statue is symbolism, painting Black Lives Matter on the street is symbolism. Where’s the substance?”

In all his work, whether in music or in politics, Arthur says he wants people to see themselves in him and feel like they can achieve whatever life or career goals they set for themselves.

“I was never in my life positioned to be a politician,” he says. “But I’m here and I’m going to make sure that I not only open the door but I rip that door off the hinges for anyone who wants to follow in my footsteps.”

‘Revolution Can Happen’

Someone who may well follow in Jecorey Arthur’s footsteps is Quintez Brown. The University of Louisville political science student says Arthur and Democratic state Rep. Charles Booker are among a new generation of Black leaders from West Louisville who can transform the community and state.

“They are going in to these offices not as politicians but as change makers,” says Brown. “We have a lot of opportunity here and potential to become a city that’s pushing for real structural change.”

But Brown is helping to make change himself. The first-generation college student writes opinion pieces for The Courier Journal newspaper. He is also a fellow at UofL’s Youth Violence Prevention Research Center, and he met former President Barack Obama at a national gathering of students held by the Obama Foundation.

“As I met new people and was introduced to different ways of life,” says Brown, “I realized that my life... wasn’t how everybody was living.”

Brown’s childhood in West Louisville included having a father who was often in prison. He says those absences became normal to him just like poverty or sexual abuse become normalized for other children. But Brown says it doesn’t have to be that way.

“It’s important for us to really always challenge what we see as normal,” he says.

For Brown, the transition started with the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2014. He says that inspired him to start reading the Courier Journal, studying politics and history, and learning about the leaders in his own community, people like Councilman Arthur and Rep. Booker.

“Political education is a very important step towards becoming conscious and becoming mobile in our communities,” says Brown. “As a youth, if you read, if you know what you’re talking about, your voice is so powerful... You can begin challenging systems.”

While he enjoys having his opinion pieces published by his hometown newspaper, Brown says journalism isn’t in his future. He says he’s too opinionated and prefers to develop his own ideas. Now he’s learning towards a career in public policy.

With everything that has transpired this year, from a global pandemic to civil unrest and a hotly contested presidential election, Brown says he hopes people have learned that anything is possible. He says that’s an important lesson to carry into the new year.

“Revolution can happen,” says Brown. We can win. We have opportunity, we can mobilize, we can take over the streets.”

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  • Sunday August 7, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday August 7, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday August 7, 2022 12:00 pm ET on KET
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50th Anniversary of the March on Frankfort - S9 E22

  • Friday August 5, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday August 5, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday August 5, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday August 5, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday August 5, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday August 5, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker - S9 E21

  • Thursday August 4, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday August 4, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday August 4, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday August 4, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday August 4, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday August 4, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Vershawn A. Young - S9 E20

  • Wednesday August 3, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday August 3, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday August 3, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday August 3, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday August 3, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday August 3, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Sabrina Butler and Kate Miller - S9 E19

  • Tuesday August 2, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday August 2, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday August 2, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday August 2, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday August 2, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday August 2, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

History Maker; Tuskegee Airmen History - S9 E14

  • Monday August 1, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday August 1, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday August 1, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday August 1, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday August 1, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday August 1, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Restaurateur and Chef Ouita Michel - S16 E31

  • Sunday August 7, 2022 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday August 7, 2022 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday August 6, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday August 6, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday July 31, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday July 31, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday July 31, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday July 31, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday July 31, 2022 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday July 31, 2022 11:00 am CT on KET

Middle Class Struggles and Poverty - S9 E13

  • Friday July 29, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday July 29, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday July 29, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday July 29, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
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The Forgotten Minority - S9 E12

  • Thursday July 28, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday July 28, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday July 28, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday July 28, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
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  • Thursday July 28, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Human Trafficking - S9 E11

  • Wednesday July 27, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday July 27, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday July 27, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday July 27, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday July 27, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
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Diabetes Prevention and Control - S9 E10

  • Tuesday July 26, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday July 26, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday July 26, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday July 26, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Innocence Project - S9 E9

  • Monday July 25, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday July 25, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday July 25, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday July 25, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday July 25, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
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Tom Shelton - Henry Clay Center - S17 E18

  • Sunday July 31, 2022 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday July 31, 2022 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday July 30, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday July 30, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday July 24, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday July 24, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday July 24, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday July 24, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday July 24, 2022 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday July 24, 2022 11:00 am CT on KET

Pop Culture and Commodification of Women - S9 E8

  • Friday July 22, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday July 22, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday July 22, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday July 22, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday July 22, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday July 22, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Ruth Brinkley - KentuckyOne Health - S9 E5

  • Thursday July 21, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday July 21, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday July 21, 2022 2:14 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday July 21, 2022 1:14 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday July 21, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday July 21, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Malcolm Ratchford - S9 E4

  • Wednesday July 20, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday July 20, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday July 20, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
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Roszalyn Akins - S9 E3

  • Tuesday July 19, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday July 19, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday July 19, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
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Betty Baye - S9 E1

  • Monday July 18, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday July 18, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday July 18, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday July 18, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
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  • Monday July 18, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Chelsea Ellis-Hogan - S17 E9

  • Sunday July 24, 2022 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday July 24, 2022 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday July 23, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday July 23, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday July 17, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday July 17, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday July 17, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday July 17, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
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Season 16 Episodes

Filmmaker Elizabeth Helm-Frazier

S16 E37 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 08/01/21

Early Childhood Development Initiatives in Louisville

S16 E36 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 07/25/21

Kathy Werking and Jim Embry

S16 E35 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 07/17/21

Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack

S16 E34 Length 27:41 Premiere Date 07/11/21

Boone Co. Judge Executive Gary Moore

S16 E33 Length 28:03 Premiere Date 06/26/21

The Demands and Rewards of Fatherhood

S16 E32 Length 26:31 Premiere Date 06/20/21

Psychologist Julie Cerel

S16 E31 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 06/13/21

Restaurateur and Chef Ouita Michel

S16 E30 Length 27:56 Premiere Date 06/06/21

Sarah Taylor Vanover - Early Childhood Education

S16 E29 Length 27:32 Premiere Date 05/16/21

A Conversation with U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell

S16 E28 Length 28:21 Premiere Date 05/09/21

Cynthia Knapek of Louisville Leadership Center

S16 E27 Length 27:35 Premiere Date 05/01/21

Vaccine Equity and Hesitancy

S16 E26 Length 28:22 Premiere Date 04/24/21

State Treasurer Allison Ball and Sharon Price

S16 E25 Length 28:31 Premiere Date 04/18/21

Chef and Activist Dan Wu

S16 E24 Length 27:52 Premiere Date 04/11/21

EKU Criminal Justice Professor Pete Kraska

S16 E23 Length 28:00 Premiere Date 04/03/21

The Rise of Anti-Asian Violence

S16 E22 Length 27:32 Premiere Date 03/28/21

Authors Prisha Hedau, Carly Muetterties and Maddie Shepard

S16 E21 Length 28:21 Premiere Date 03/21/21

Charles Booker

S16 E20 Length 28:27 Premiere Date 03/14/21

Mental Health and COVID-19

S16 E19 Length 28:39 Premiere Date 02/14/21

Community Activist Christopher 2X

S16 E18 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 02/07/21

Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Keith Jackson

S16 E17 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 01/31/21

A Mission to End Institutional Racism in Kentucky

S16 E16 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 01/24/21

Celebrating the Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County

S16 E15 Length 28:33 Premiere Date 01/17/21

Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman

S16 E14 Length 27:06 Premiere Date 01/10/21

Caroline Randall Williams

S16 E13 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 12/20/20

Amy Luttrell and Adria Johnson

S16 E12 Length 28:12 Premiere Date 12/13/20

Kentucky Education Commissioner Jason Glass

S16 E11 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 11/22/20

Louisville Metro Police Interim Chief Yvette Gentry

S16 E10 Length 28:11 Premiere Date 11/15/20

Jecorey Arthur and Quintez Brown

S16 E9 Length 27:31 Premiere Date 11/08/20

Terrance Sullivan

S16 E8 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 11/01/20

2020 Election Preview with Colmon Elridge and Tres Watson

S16 E7 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 10/25/20

Beth Howard and Michael Harrington; Devine Carama

S16 E6 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 10/18/20

Nana Ama Aya Bullock and Muriel Harris

S16 E5 Length 28:26 Premiere Date 10/11/20

Betsy Johnson, Saundra Ardrey

S16 E4 Length 28:41 Premiere Date 10/04/20

Fabian Alvarez, Leyda Becker and Mercedes Harn

S16 E3 Length 28:06 Premiere Date 09/27/20

Devine Carama; Marjorie Guyon and Barry Darnell Burton

S16 E2 Length 28:46 Premiere Date 09/20/20

Marsha Weinstein

S16 E1 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 09/11/20

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