Emily Brown runs a non-profit in the Kansas City area. She is a black woman who wears her hair naturally. In 2016, she was invited to speak at a national conference, but one of the board members pulled her aside. “You know, I think you’re smart,” Brown told the story recently on KCUR’s Central Standard. “But … More Could This State Be The Next To Ban Discrimination Against Workers For Black Hairstyles?
Darryl Diggs Jr. only had two African American male educators in his school years. He met the first one, a physical education teacher, in grade school — and then another, a physiology teacher, in high school. At college, he only had one black male professor. Today, Diggs, 37, finds himself in a similar position. An … More Black Male Educators Have A Formula For Boosting Their Numbers
Every February, schools around the nation commemorate the accomplishments of African Americans by highlighting them through Black History Month lessons and programs. Some celebrate with school plays, guest speakers or hallway exhibits of locally and nationally known black figures. Educators like Jameca Falconer, adjunct professor and director of Webster University’s Applied Educational Psychology and School … More Teaching Black History Should Be A Family, Community Affair, School Psychology Expert Says
Kansas City, Missouri, is internationally recognized as one of the cradles of jazz and nationally known for its barbecue and its sports teams. But late last year, it earned national headlines as the city that waited until 2019 to name a street after the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., only to have voters reverse that decision … More What Kansas City Can Learn From Dakar, Amsterdam And Memphis About Naming Streets For MLK
As a child, Nichole McHenry envisioned herself broadcasting the news, just like famed St. Louis anchor Robin Smith. Although her dreams of becoming a reporter did not come to fruition, she found a different way to tell stories. For the past 28 years, McHenry has been sharing the stories of national parks and other connected … More She Grew Up With A View Of The Arch; Now She Has A Vision For The National Park Service
Lisa Hu wants to make St. Louis sexy. Not only in a fashionable way, but with a desirable economic engine. Hu’s posh, eco-friendly handbag company Lux & Nyx has already been featured in national and local fashion magazines, and the St. Louis venture has only been around for about a year and a half. That’s partly because … More These Designers Are Bringing Sexy Back To A Once-Hot Fashion Hub
Back in 2017, OPB spoke with the activist and creator Luann Tan about the complexities and challenges of being a Filipino-American woman in the very white state of Oregon. “I’ve been asked if I’m Thai or Latina or another Southeast Asian ethnicity. Hawaiian, I’ve also been asked,” she told OPB more than two years ago. “That’s … More This Woman Finds Life In Oregon Exhausting. Here’s Why
Waiel Turner, 20, was not planning on going to college. He thought about entering the U.S. Air Force or becoming a police officer for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Enrolling at Harris-Stowe State University was strictly by happenstance. In 2017, he accompanied a friend to the campus near Grand Center where she was registering … More Missouri’s HBCUs Face Challenges Keeping Pace In Higher Education
Nicole Jackson came to the first Midwest SoulVeg Fest to get some inspiration on her slow path to being a vegan. She admitted that as a black person who grew up going to events centered on meat, it’s easier said than done. “Sunday dinner after church, the cookouts, the barbeques, where we are just gathered … More Are Changing Attitudes About Beef A Threat To Black Cookouts?
The community around Quindaro Boulevard in Kansas City, Kansas, is mostly black. But Our Lady And St. Rose Catholic Church, at 5th and Quindaro, attracts a diverse mix congregants, often thought of as a rarity at Sunday morning services around the country. “It’s been what our mission statement says, it’s been a faith-filled, diverse, family … More At This Historic Church, Diversity Is A Matter Of Faith
Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump remembers being bused to a predominantly white school in Lumberton, North Carolina, in 1979. Crump and his white classmates played with each other and were cordial in class. Things were very different during lunch hour, however, when segregation became obvious. Most of the African American students came from poor families, … More In New Book, Civil Rights Lawyer Benjamin Crump Takes On ‘Legalized Genocide’
Kevin Cox Jr., 28, asked a lot of questions as a child. He wanted to know how and why things came to be. The plant biologist, a Florissant native, figured his curiosity would take him into the medical field, but at the end of his sophomore year at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, he found … More This Is The Face Of A Scientist Who Just Landed A Million-Dollar Fellowship