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Reflecting on Black History Month Illustrations

The kNOw Youth Media’s José Rubén Diaz, illustrated various black figures who made amazing contributions to America in honor of Black History Month. Diaz details his creative process and what … Continue reading

March 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Juneteenth Honors The Memories And Struggles Of African-Americans

On June 16, Richmond held its annual Juneteenth Celebration, where community members gathered to celebrate the emancipation of the last slave on June 19, 1865. And despite the progress that’s … Continue reading

June 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

‘Black Bus’: Hip-hop for #BlackLivesMatter

Youth artists and producers filmed the hip hop video, “Black Bus,” to spotlight the historical context of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The lyrics (“Sitting in the back for too long / To the front of … Continue reading

July 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Civil Rights Act at 50 years: looking back and moving forward

The California Conference for Equality and Justice recently commemorated the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  Community leaders spoke about how the law has affected their lives and … Continue reading

March 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

A conversation with local civil rights heroes

Black History Month is a time to honor the achievements of black Americans, as well as linking black people today with the historical struggles against slavery and for civil rights. … Continue reading

February 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Why Our Names Matter

Hearing his peers call small children “young pimp” or “killa” gets Asani Shakur thinking about the power of names. Citing Alex Haley’s “Roots” and naming this phenomenon “Post Traumatic Slavery … Continue reading

February 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Juneteenth celebrated freedom for all

Long Beach celebrated Juneteenth this year with festivities, marking 148 years since a declaration that all slaves were now free.  Music, food, and community, on Voicewaves.

July 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Why I observe Juneteenth

When Asani Shakur heard a deafening silence when he asked a roomful of kids if they knew what Juneteenth — June 19th — represented, he thought about why Juneteenth doesn’t receive the … Continue reading

June 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

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