Culture Rich Conversations with the
Black Awareness Association, Juneau

They say the shortest distance between two people is a story – and every Thursday afternoon, the Black Awareness Association of Juneau bridges the gaps in our understanding about the biggest race and social justice issues of our times with thoughtful conversations from the Black community in this special series. 

Led by Sherry Patterson, the Black Awareness Association of Juneau launched the series in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, which triggered the need for deeper discussions about racism and Black culture. KTOO is thrilled to partner with the Black Awareness Association of Juneau to bring you  perspectives that were birthed from life experiences.


Nov. 17, 2022: Finding the joy this holiday season

On this week’s episode of Culture Rich Conversations from Juneau’s Black Awareness Association, host Christina Michelle and her guests discuss how we can find the joy this holiday season.

Nov. 10, 2022: Alaskan Black Business Owners

This week’s episode of Culture Rich Conversations from Juneau’s Black Awareness Association highlights two Alaskan business owners going into detail about what it takes to get started.

Oct. 20, 2022: Why Black Alaskans should vote this November

On this week’s Culture Rich Conversations, we’ll explore the issues that has Black voters most inspired to get out and vote, voter suppression, and efforts to increase the number of Black Alaskans who cast their ballot.

Thursday, October 13, 2022: Living Black in a White Community

Systemic racism, prejudice and misconceptions are an everyday occurrence for Blacks and other people of color in America. This week on Culture Rich Conversations, Christina Michelle asks this question: Could understanding the truth of living Black in a white community provide enough insight to create a spark that leads to racial equity? Her panelists this…

Part 1: Listen to the Show

Guests: Dr. Rose Moten, Tahkaja McRay, Ahmir Parker and Alicia Stettler.

Thursday, June 16, 2022: Juneteenth: A work in progress.  

Black soul food and barbecue. Live music. Prayers and speeches. These are some of the common threads in Juneteenth celebrations across the country, to be held this year on Sunday, June 19. The federal holiday is on Monday. In this week’s Culture Rich Conversations, Kelli and Sherry Patterson explore the history of Juneteenth, originally a…

Part 1: The story of Juneteenth, one that is still being written.

Guests: Janelle Everett, Director of College Recruitment, Iḷisaġvik College
  Although President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863,  it wasn’t until two years later on June 19, 1865, that the news reached slaves in Texas. They were the last to be freed and celebrated with songs and prayer — a day that later became known as Juneteenth. While the holiday is celebrated…

Thursday, June 2, 2022: Black Music Appreciation Month: Kenneth Monts looks back on a lifetime of music.

President Joe Biden has declared the month of June 2022 as Black Music Appreciation month. In a proclammation he wrote: “During Black Music Appreciation Month, we honor Black musicians, singers, and contributors to the music industry — past and present — whose innovative talents unite us in joy as much as in sorrow and healing.  We…

Part 1: Kenneth Monts reflects: Growing up with Stevie, Aretha and James.

Guests: Kenneth Months, Black history buff.
  When James Brown sang, “Say it loud. I’m Black and I’m proud,” those were radical words in the turbulent 1960’s. But to Kenneth Monts, they were words he needed to hear and stayed with him for a lifetime. In this interview with his niece, Kelli Patterson, Monts talks about how Brown and other Black…
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