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, 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…

Thursday, April 8th: Impact of Black fraternities and sororities

Kamala Harris not only made history as the first woman of African and Asian descent to become Vice President — but also became the first Black sorority member to become second in command. During her campaign, she had the ultimate network — thousands upon thousands of sorority sisters, who worked hard to make sure she…

Thursday: The impact of historically Black colleges and universities

What is the common thread between Vice President Kamala Harris and many Black doctors, lawyers, dentists – as well as Grammy-winning artists and pro-sport Athletes? A surprising number attended an H-B-C-U, a historically Black college or university. On Thursday’s Juneau Afternoon, host Christina Michelle asks H-B-C-U graduates to share their personal experiences and offer insights…

Thursday: The art of self-care

On this Thursday’s Juneau Afternoon, explore the power of self-care with Kelli Patterson, Christina Michelle and Maria Bailey from the Black Awareness Association of Juneau. They hope to give you permission to take better care of yourself. Part 1. Part 2. Juneau Afternoon airs live at 3:00 p.m. on KTOO Juneau 104.3, online at KTOO.org,…

Thursday: Alyssa Quintyne on how to make a difference in your community.

On this Thursday’s Juneau Afternoon, meet Alyssa Quintyne, who describes herself as a Bajan – an American with heritage from the Caribbean island of Barbados. Quintyne is a community organizer at the Alaska Center in Fairbanks, where it’s a full time job to encourage people, who have been left out of decisions that affect their…

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