HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - To know the pulse of the community, you just have to turn on the radio. On Wednesday afternoon in the WEUP studios, talk radio host David Person had one topic in mind above all else.
"It's a historic day, gentlemen," Person began as the 'On Air' light flicked on. "It's a historic day, because of the judge's ruling or most recent ruling or finding in the ongoing Huntsville desegregation case."
Person has been a vocal advocate for change in the school district, and a critic of district leaders.
"One of my key concerns has been the inequities in academic offerings. That's something I think is key to being resolved. It has to be resolved," said Person. "Also as a parent, though my son is grown now, I'm very concerned about the dispensation of discipline. If discipline is no being meted out in an equitable way like the judge pointed out... then there are going to be problems."
The consent order creates a way forward for the school district, and in Person's eyes, an opportunity for the community. He calls on everyone who protested, spoke out, emailed, spoke to the media and made their voice heard over the past year.
"I'd even say they need to become re-engaged and take it to the next level," said Person.
Without the public's continued engagement, Person says there won't be meaningful change.
"It can't just be the school board. It can't just be the ministers. It can't just be the superintendent or the mayor. It has to be all the citizens," Person said. "Huntsville has a vested interest in an equitable school system. Not only for its present and the children in the schools right now, but for its future."