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Benton Harbor Gropes for Ways to Restore Hope

By: Erin Toner
Publication: National Public Radio
Published: June 16, 2006

Benton Harbor Profiled on NPR in June

Benton Harbor, Mich., one of five communities participating in KLCC Session II, was featured on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition radio broadcast on Friday, June 16, 2006.

Morning Edition reporter Erin Toner described how the city is beginning to show signs of vitality, three years after an incident involving an altercation between an African American motorcyclist and a local police officer, during which the motorcyclist died, resulted in civil unrest and landed the small, economically strapped city in the national media spotlight. The radio feature includes interviews with local residents who describe revitalization efforts and explain that hope is beginning to replace the despair that once engulfed the city.

To listen to the complete broadcast, visit NPR’s Web site at: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5490208

For more information about the KLCC project in Benton Harbor, visit the Benton Harbor section of this Web site (http://www.wkkf.org/default.aspx?tabid=90&CID=276&ItemID=2760044&NID=2770044&LanguageID=0), or visit the Boys & Girls Club of Benton Harbor’s Web site at www.bgcbh.org

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