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.

Culture Rich Conversations is now in its third season and receives financial support from the Social Justice Fund Grant Program of the Alaska Community Foundation, and from the Alaska Wild Salmon Company.


Thursday, August 5th:  Challenges facing young Black men

A young man, who only wants to be known as Michael, leads the discussion on this Thursday’s program from the Black Awareness Association of Juneau. Michael is joined by two boyhood friends, who talk about what was part of their coming of age – learning how to put up with subtle slurs and insults, a…

Thursday, July 29th: Being Black in the Military, Part 2.

In this Thursday’s program from the Black Awareness Association: Part two of Christina Michelle’s conversation with three military veterans. How they feel pride in serving their country — yet hope future soldiers won’t have to experience the pain and heartbreak of racism. Listen to the program: (Please note, this episode originally aired on November 19…

Thursday, July 15th: Healing from Judgement  

On this Thursday’s Black Awareness Association of Juneau program, a heart-to-heart with Christina Michelle about judgement. In today’s show, three ways to let go of a habit that can cause hurt, and even harm. Listen to the show: Join Christina Michelle on Thursday’s at 3:00 p.m. on KTOO Juneau 104.3, online at ktoo.org, and repeated…

Thursday, July 8th: Interracial friendship in times of social crisis.

Kelli Patterson is Black and one of her best friends, Heather Pederson, is White. On this week’s program from the Black Awareness Association of Juneau, the two women talk about their friendship and the challenges of maintaining it, during these times of social upheaval. Listen to the program:  The Black Awareness Association of Juneau’s “Culture…

Thursday, July 1st: Cracking the code of stereotypes

The stereotypes for Blacks have long been a code for racism. Some of it’s blatant. Some of it is subtle but damaging, just the same. In this Thursday’s weekly program, members of the Black Awareness Association of Juneau look at examples of stereotyping and talk about about how to deal with it. Sherry Patterson leads…

Thursday, June 23rd: Black lawyers and bridging the justice gap

Even though African Americans make up 13 percent of the population, the American Bar Association says only 5 percent of its lawyers are black. Lori Colbert, who practices family law in Anchorage, says there are even fewer attorneys who are women of color. In this Thursday’s weekly conversation with the Black Awareness Association of Juneau,…

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…

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