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

As Feds Crack Down, Refugee Resettlement Agencies Ask Oregon For Help

On a cold and dark winter night, dozens of volunteers gathered at Portland International Airport to give a warm welcome to a family of 11. As the crowd waited, Samira Sariolghalam of Catholic Charities taught everyone how to greet the family — who are refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo — in their native language of Swahili. … More As Feds Crack Down, Refugee Resettlement Agencies Ask Oregon For Help

In Wake Of New Zealand Massacre, St. Louis Islamic Center Hosts Healing Gathering

Typically in the Muslim community, women and men do not hug one another unless they are relatives. Nevertheless, in a crowded meeting space inside the Daar Ul-Islam Mosque, about 200 heavy hearts and sympathetic spirits embraced and consoled each other in the wake of a terrorist attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday. New … More In Wake Of New Zealand Massacre, St. Louis Islamic Center Hosts Healing Gathering

Photo Exhibit Stirs Memories of ’60s Riots in Hartford and Detroit

Steve Harris climbed the steps to the upper lobby of Hartford Stage. This was a night off for the cast and crew of Detroit ‘67, a theater production set during the civil unrest of late 1960s Detroit. But Harris, a 71-year-old retired fire captain in Hartford, came to see the photo exhibit inspired by the play. … More Photo Exhibit Stirs Memories of ’60s Riots in Hartford and Detroit

Oregon Legislators Want To Reinstate Driving Privileges For Undocumented Immigrants

When Isa Peña was a senior in high school in 2012, she enjoyed a privilege that so many students hope for: She drove herself to school. But that privilege came with a responsibility. She also had to drive her parents and two younger siblings anywhere they needed to go. That meant using school time, and even leaving … More Oregon Legislators Want To Reinstate Driving Privileges For Undocumented Immigrants

Black History In Kansas City, Kansas: How Downtown Was Desegregated

Chester Owens Jr. remembers bucking the laws of Jim Crow that said a black man had no right to eat where and when he wanted. In 1952, one of those places was a restaurant at Kresge’s department store on Minnesota Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas. “If I can go to Korea and die, I should … More Black History In Kansas City, Kansas: How Downtown Was Desegregated