Thursday, May 5, 2022: Interracial friendships: A tale of two Michaels and two moms

Sherry Patterson and her son, Michael, co-hosting Culture Rich Conversations (Photo by Christina Michelle).

There were two Michaels growing up in Juneau. One was black, the other was white. And although interracial friendships were unusual for the times, the two were best friends and their families, the Pattersons and the Barnes, became close because of the two boys.

On this week’s Culture Rich Conversations, Michael and his mother, Sherry Patterson, talk with their old friends, Michael and Lynn Barnes, about raising their kids to be color-blind.

Once a week, the Black Awareness Association of Juneau brings you “Culture Rich Conversations,” an exploration of  Black culture and healing racism

Michael  and Sherry Patterson c0-hosted this week’s, which airs  on Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. on KTOO Juneau 104.3 and rebroadcasts at 7:00 p.m. You can also listen online at

Color-blind friendships: How mothers can help to heal racism.

Guests: Michael Barnes and his mother, Lynn, longtime friends of the Patterson family.

Listen to the show:  

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