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    Episode 46 – A Conversation About Charter Schools

    Episode 46 – A Conversation About Charter Schools

    On today’s show, I am joined by a special guest, Ms. Danita Jones, founding principal of Capital Prep Harlem in...

    J’s Lunch Counter – Ep. 44 – The Big Baller Brand Show

    J’s Lunch Counter – Ep. 44 – The Big Baller Brand Show

    J’s Lunch Counter Episode 44 takes a look at the most interesting sports stories in the news.   I am joined...

    J’s Lunch Counter – Episode 43 – Trump Fires FBI Director…And Pays Dearly

    J’s Lunch Counter – Episode 43 – Trump Fires FBI Director…And Pays Dearly

    J’s Lunch Counter Episode 43 covers the latest in the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the subsequent fallout.  ...

    J’s Lunch Counter – Episode 42 – Trump’s Civil War

    J’s Lunch Counter – Episode 42 – Trump’s Civil War

    J’s Lunch Counter Episode 42 is available for download! Today I’m going solo, and there are a few news items...

    J’s Lunch Counter – Episode 41 – Trump’s First 100 Days

    J’s Lunch Counter – Episode 41 – Trump’s First 100 Days

    Episode 41 is live and available for download! Today on the show, my guests Cara Stewart, Charles Badger, Christian Motley...

    J’s Lunch Counter – Episode 40 (April 19, 2017)

    J’s Lunch Counter – Episode 40 (April 19, 2017)

    Episode 40 is live and available for download! Today on the show, we’re FINALLY reviewing the biggest movie of the...

    J’s Lunch Counter – Episode 39 Happy Hour (March 31, 2017)

    J’s Lunch Counter – Episode 39 Happy Hour (March 31, 2017)

    To listen to the conversation, click the player below: Episode 39 is a jam-packed 2.5 hour HAPPY HOUR show, covering...

    J’s Lunch Counter – Episode 38 (March 29, 2017)

    J’s Lunch Counter – Episode 38 (March 29, 2017)

    To listen to the conversation, use the player below: On Episode 38, I am joined by Junis Baldon to take...

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    J's Lunch Counter

    Several years ago, I was inspired by the image of Woolworth’s Lunch Counter, a seemingly harmless symbol of American freedom, a vessel for coming together for dialogue, a hub for nourishment of some kind.   But in the 60’s, that lunch counter became the object of great debate, of principled protest, as four young black men declared that they have the right to do something as fundamental and necessary to our humanity as eating a meal in public, a right that was challenged and fought by a fearful, ignorant, racist majority.   I am struck by its simplicity.   Not integrated schools, not interracial marriage, not religious freedom or economic equality or the right to participate in public discourse – they had to first fight for the basic right to show up in a public place and buy a sandwich.  Something so simple, yet we actually fought as a nation over whether these men had that seemingly basic fundamental right.  

    Those men had to fight for the right to buy a sandwich.  

    They had to fight for the right to sit down at a lunch counter and engage in conversation, over a meal, in a public place.   I honor Joseph McNeil, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair, Jr. and David Richmond by creating this space – J’s Lunch Counter – as a place to dialogue, to share, to connect, a place to argue, to debate, to protest, a place to gather and celebrate.  It is a safe space for ideas to be shared and to be challenged, for people to learn and become engaged.   J’s Lunch Counter is a place where men and women come together for good, for growth, for progress.

    Fascinated by soul, depth, intellect, rebellion with cause, love without conditions, music that makes you feel different…shit that matters.

    – Sonya Teclai