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.


Thursday, June 17th: Growing up Black in Juneau

Growing up Black in Juneau. That’s a tough conversation to have. But an important one. On  this Thursday’s weekly program from the Black Awareness Association of Juneau, Christina Michelle sifts through some painful memories with a group of friends. Janelle Billingsby, Ernest Monts  and Rob Ridgeway reflect on the racism they experienced at a young…

Thursday, June 10th:  Music and Black Culture, Part 2

It’s a throwback Thursday on Juneau Afternoon, when we revisit some of your favorite conversations. In this show, Christina Michelle explores the power of  music in Black culture. Hear more about how the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles taps into that legacy to break down barriers. It’s  the second in a series of…

Thursday, June 3rd: Music and Black Culture, Part 1

It’s a throwback Thursday on Juneau Afternoon, in which we revisit a show produced last year by the Black Awareness Association of Juneau.   In Part 1 of a two-part series, Christina Michelle explores the power of music in Black culture – how some innovative teachers are bringing music to the inner city of Los…

Thursday, May 27th: Conversations with our children about the realities of racism.

Natasha Boozer is like many Black parents. She wants to protect her children from the kind of racism she experienced growing up in Juneau. On Thursday’s Juneau Afternoon, she talks with her longtime friend, Christina Michelle, about the conversations she has with her kids, so they understand what it means to be Black in today’s…

Thursday, May 20th: Supreme reflections on Motown and beyond.

It’s throwback Thursday on Juneau Afternoon. On today’s program: one of the Black Awareness Association’s most popular shows – Christina Michelle’s interview with three former members of the Supremes, who made Motown history with hits like “Stop in the Name of Love.” But this Thursday’s show is much more than a trip down memory lane,…

Thursday, May 13th: Black literature in schools

It’s throwback Thursday on Juneau Afternoon, with a rebroadcast of a program produced last August on the importance of Black literature in schools. Join co-hosts Christina Michelle Patterson and Sarita Knull for a conversation with Nikitia Wilson about how students can find inspiration and hope from African American writers.   On Thursdays, Juneau Afternoon is…

Thursday, May 6th: Alaska Press Club recognizes Black Awareness Association

It’s “Throwback Thursday” on Juneau Afternoon,  with a look back at one of the early shows produced by the Black Awareness Association of Juneau. The episode we are rebroadcasting, “Being Black in America in 2020,” originally aired on October 2, 2020 — one of the many thought-provoking conversations the Black Awareness Association has brought to…

Thursday, April 29th.  MoHagani Magnetek: In search of authenticity

On this Thursday’s Juneau Afternoon, another culture rich conversation from the Black Awareness Association of Juneau. MC MoHagani Magnetek  (pronounced: Muh-HAWG’-gun-knee  Magnetic) talks with Christina Michelle about her struggles as a Black woman on a transgender journey — in search for her authentic self —  through her poetry and well, like the name says, through…

Lacey Davis joined about 250 people gathered for a public “I Can’t Breathe” rally protesting the death of a black man, George Floyd, who was killed after a white officer pressed a knee into his neck while taking him into custody in Minnesota. People held signs decrying violence against black people and calling out institutional racism, many supporting the Black Lives Matter movement on Saturday, May 30, 2020 in Juneau, Alaska. Similar protests happened throughout the state with hundreds turning out in Fairbanks and Anchorage, they’ve also erupted in dozens of cities all over the country. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)

Thursday, April 22nd: Reflections on the Derek Chauvin verdict

Sherry Patterson, head of the Black Awareness Association of Juneau, says it was almost as if time stopped, the moment before the judge read the verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder trial – an entire nation on edge, wondering what the jury had decided — after hearing days of painful testimony about the death of…

Thursday, April 15th: Why income taxes aren’t color blind.

When it comes to the IRS, you’d think that the only color that matters is green. But research shows the federal tax system treats Whites better than Blacks. On  this Thursday’s Juneau Afternoon, a look at the racial disparities in taxes, banking and financial investments. Christina Michelle, from the Black Awareness Association of Juneau, is…

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