Miles Harvey, journalist, author and professor, sits down with Rick to talk about a new collection he edited, “How Long Will I Cry? Voices of Youth Violence.” The book collects stories from people who have been touched by violence on Chicago’s streets.
During the interview, Harvey explained that the book was born from his pure shock at the death of Derrion Albert, the 16-year-old who was beaten to death outside of Fenger Academy High School in 2009. Following the event, Harvey dispatched 75 of his students to travel to Chicago’s most beleaguered neighborhoods and walk some of Chicago’s meanest streets to find people who would talk about what it is like to wake up not knowing if you are going to go to sleep.
Before the book came about, Harvey collected the students’ interviews into a stage play at Steppenwolf Theatre. In his review, Chris Jones wrote: “There just cannot be too many shows on this topic. This headier and more measured piece of theater is…raising awareness, as it should. There is a lot to learn from this sincere, earnest piece.”