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.


African American spirituals and gospel: Their power to heal

If it weren’t for COVID-19, Juneau would have hosted the 10th Annual Gospel and Choir Workshops. But the next best thing: a conversation on Thursday’s Juneau Afternoon with some of the presenters, who would have been here – Pastor Bobby Lewis of Harlem and Dr. Jaunelle Celaire, a professor of voice at the University of…

Black History Month: Test your knowledge about Black inventors.

George Washington Carver is well known for inventing hundreds of products from the humble peanut — not just peanut butter, but flour, paste, insulation — even shaving cream and skin lotion. But there are fourteen other inventors the Black Awareness Association of Juneau wants to celebrate as part of Black History month, inventors you probably…

Interracial dating in Juneau…

If you’re young, single and a person of color in Juneau –chances are you’ll go out on a date this Valentine’s Day with someone of another race. That’s the consensus of guests on this Thursday’s Juneau Afternoon, presented by the Black Awareness Association of Juneau. Christina Michelle Patterson hosts todays show and asks the question:…

Some of the best Black history is family history

For some, Black History Month is an opportunity to explore their own Black history, stories passed down across the generations. As host of this Thursday’s Juneau Afternoon, Kelli Patterson takes us on her own personal journey of discovery. Her guest is her uncle Kenneth Monts, a history buff, now living and working in Katy, Texas…

Challenges facing Black men

For Michael and two childhood friends, growing up Black meant putting up with subtle slurs and insults — a form of racism known today as “microagression” — comments typically masked in the guise of humor, confusing to the person who is the target, sometimes devastating. Michael, who only wants to use his first name on…

Vice President Kamala Harris: Breaking barriers and making history

This Thursday’s Juneau Afternoon is presented by the  Juneau Black Awareness Association. Sherry Patterson and Kay Smith talk with three Alaska women of color, who feel a connection with Vice President Kamala Harris and her multi-racial identity. What her historic rise to the vice presidency means to Fay Callam, Dr. Myandi Than and Dr. Cindy…

Martin Luther King’s Legacy: Yesterday, today and tomorrow

As we prepare to celebrate Martin Luther King Day this month, some might ask: What would the civil rights leader have said about the social justice issues that dominate our headlines today? On Juneau Afternoon, hear two ministers reflect on the movement King started and where it’s headed now.   Sherry Patterson with the Juneau…

2021: New Year’s Resolution vs. New Year’s Intention.

Research shows that only a small percentage of people actually stick to their New Year’s resolutions. So, would you be better off just stating your intentions to a reach a goal? The Juneau Black Awareness Association will explore this question. But hey, don’t stress out. Instead, enjoy a laid-back, playful conversation on Juneau Afternoon. Christina…

Celebrating Kwanzaa

On today’s edition of Juneau Afternoon, a conversation about Kwanzaa: The story behind a celebration with ancient African roots but a modern meaning.  Kelli Patterson of the Juneau Black Awareness Association leads the discussion about the events of the year and how they will be reflected in this year’s celebration. That’s Thursday, live at 3:00…

Black Awareness Association on Juneau Afternoon

On today’s show, we’ll hear a discussion about current events and responses from the Black community, curated by the Black Awareness Association of Juneau and moderated by Kelli Patterson. Introductions: Part 1: Part 2: Part 3: That’s Thursday, live at 3:00 p.m. on KTOO Juneau 104.3, online at KTOO.org, and repeated at 4:00 p.m. on…

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