Legendary author Maya Angelou shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother in her new book, Mom & Me & Mom. Angelou's mother, Vivian Baxter, was an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence—a presence absent during much of Angelou’s early life. When her marriage began to crumble, Vivian famously sent three-year-old Maya and her older brother away from their California home to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. The subsequent feelings of abandonment stayed with Angelou for years, but their reunion, a decade later, began a story that has never before been told.
Jo Ann Hardesty will interview Wisdom of the Elders's Director Rose High Bear on Voices from the Edge, Thursday, June 13 at 8 a.m. Wisdom is celebrating 20 years of using storytelling, radio and television to correct misconceptions, end prejudice, and bring health and wellness to Native people. For more information on Wisdom of the Elder's go to www.wisdomoftheelders.org.
Hosts Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod interview Greg Carter about his new book "The United States of the United Races: A Utopian History of Racial Mixing."
Barack Obama’s historic presidency has re-inserted mixed race into the national conversation. While the troubled and pejorative history of racial amalgamation throughout U.S. history is a familiar story, Greg Carter asks us to reconsider an understudied optimist tradition, one which has praised mixture as a means to create a new people, bring equality to all, and fulfill an American destiny.
Ed Washington was a child living in Vanport, Oregon, in 1948, when the Columbia River flooded into the largest public housing project in the U-S at the time, leaving 18,500 people homeless, a large number of whom were black. The event changed race relations in Portland forever.
He speaks with KBOO's Jenka Soderberg about life in Vanport, and the Memorial Day flood of 1948.
KBOO's Jennifer Kemp spoke with Portland Copwatch's Dan Handleman about racial profiling by the Portland Police. Handleman says that the Portland Police search African American and Hispanic people at disproportinately high rates, despite statistics showing that white people are more likely to be in position of drugs. The Portland Police admitted for the first time that racism has played a role in police actions.
Alan Wieder remembers the Rivonia Raid 50 years after it happened. The South African government in the early 1960s attacked the Rovonia farm, then occupied by the African National Congress and the South African Communist Party. These two groups, from which Nelson Mandela and Joe Slovo came, were against the apartheid government.