Some Black Kansas City Residents Say Renaming A Street Is Erasing History

Micheal Logan remembers a time when blacks in Kansas City, Missouri, weren’t allowed to go south of 27th Street. So for him, when Paseo Boulevard officially became Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in February, it felt as if the opinions of many black residents had been ignored. “Black people know this, know Paseo more than the average … More Some Black Kansas City Residents Say Renaming A Street Is Erasing History

Leticia Colón de Mejias: Green Eco Warrior

Leticia Colón de Mejias thinks no problem is insurmountable if Americans come together. “Sometimes we take these subjects and we make them so big and scary that people feel we can’t take action,” said Colón, 42, a Connecticut entrepreneur, environmentalist and mother of seven. “Climate change seems terrifying. And everyone’s like, it’s too big.” But … More Leticia Colón de Mejias: Green Eco Warrior

Khalia Collier: Team Owner Shoots For More Women In Pro Basketball’s Owner, Referee Ranks

Women make up just a fraction of professional basketball referees, coaches and owners. A St. Louis woman is doing her best to change that. Khalia Collier is owner and general manager of the St. Louis Surge, the region’s only professional women’s sports team. In her eighth season at the helm of the team, Collier is also … More Khalia Collier: Team Owner Shoots For More Women In Pro Basketball’s Owner, Referee Ranks

Annie Watson: From Never Wanting Children To Early Childhood Advocate

Setting children up for academic success is Annie Watson’s driving passion. The Kansas City, Missouri, native is the director of early education and parent success at Turn the Page KC, a non-profit that aims to have all children reading at grade level by third grade. Watson, 31, also helps lead the Parent Leadership Training Institute, … More Annie Watson: From Never Wanting Children To Early Childhood Advocate

An Iconic Black-Owned Grocery In Kansas City Closes

Tony Ross lives in the small town of Peculiar, Missouri, now, but he was shopping at Leon’s Thriftway on East 39th Street days before the grocery business shut its doors for good. Ross was shopping for his mother who lives in a nearby senior living facility. “My mom is devastated. We all devastated,” Ross said. … More An Iconic Black-Owned Grocery In Kansas City Closes

Oregon Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Hate Crime Killing

An Oregon judge sentenced Russell Courtier to life in prison for the 2016 murder of Larnell Bruce Jr. Courtier will serve at least 30 years before becoming eligible for parole. Last month, a jury convicted Courtier of murder and second-degree intimidation, which functions as Oregon’s hate crime statute. He was also convicted of failure to perform the duty … More Oregon Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Hate Crime Killing

Does Having More Reporters Covering Race Make A Difference?

With racial tensions on the rise in recent years, what’s it like to be a reporter of color tasked with witnessing events, mediating tricky conversations, and making those stories understandable? In this discussion, Michelle Tyrene Johnson of KCUR visited with two journalists covering race and culture both locally and nationwide. Aaron Randle, enterprise reporter, The Kansas … More Does Having More Reporters Covering Race Make A Difference?

‘A State Of Absurdity’: Author Damon Young Takes On Black Life With Humor

Growing up in Pittsburgh, co-founder of the cultural commentary website VerySmartBrothas and the author of the memoir “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker,” Damon Young is bringing his “living while black” experiences to the Kranzberg Arts Center on Friday. Young, 40, harbored the idea of writing a book for while. His agent suggested he take his punchy racial, … More ‘A State Of Absurdity’: Author Damon Young Takes On Black Life With Humor

The Role Of Race In The Race For Kansas City Mayor

Eleven candidates in the primary for Kansas City mayor. Two women. Four black. One openly LGBT candidate. Five white men, with two of them named Scott. No candidates who are Latino, Asian or Native American. While the field of candidates isn’t representative of the city’s demographics, that still doesn’t ignore that demographics are an element … More The Role Of Race In The Race For Kansas City Mayor

Another ‘First’ As College Building Renamed In Honor Of First African-American Diplomat

Ebenezer Bassett was the first African-American to graduate from the college now known as Central Connecticut State University. Then, in 1869, he became the first African-American to serve as a U.S. diplomat. Now 150 years after that appointment by President Ulysses S. Grant, CCSU has renamed its Social Sciences Hall in honor of Bassett — … More Another ‘First’ As College Building Renamed In Honor Of First African-American Diplomat

Jury Convicts Man Of Murder, Hate Crime For Killing Black Teen In Oregon

A Multnomah County, Oregon jury convicted Russell Courtier of murder Tuesday for the 2016 killing of Larnell Bruce Jr. The jury also found Courtier guilty of second-degree intimidation, which functions as Oregon’s hate crime statute, and of failure to perform the duty of a driver. Courtier’s parents and friends sat in the first row in the courtroom and … More Jury Convicts Man Of Murder, Hate Crime For Killing Black Teen In Oregon

Mapping our race, identity and culture coverage

Education and evacuees in the Hartford area. Segregation and housing matters in and around St. Louis. Diverse voices in Kansas City (in both Missouri and Kansas).  Coming to terms with race in Portland, Oregon. These are just a few of the themes Saving America has explored so far. This map shows where our coverage is … More Mapping our race, identity and culture coverage