There are myths that persist about the Midwest: that it’s just a “naturally” white space, that Black folks haven’t lived here that long, that it doesn’t have the same histories of slavery, racism, and violence as the South. Last week, in the wake of police violence and white vigilantism in Kenosha, Smithsonian Magazine published an […]
African Americans lag behind white Americans in employment and educational outcomes nationally, but University of Iowa Professor Colin Gordon’s Race in the Heartland report argues that the gap between white and black Midwesterners is among the worst in the country. Furthermore, a related paper entitled “Wisconsin’s Extreme Racial Disparity” uses data from Gordon’s report to […]
Long before the Civil War, thousands of African Americans owned property and worked the land as homestead farmers in the Northwest Territory, or the present-day states of Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin. On today’s episode, guest host Richelle Wilson and news director Molly Stentz uncover the forgotten history of Black pioneers on the first […]
“A Thousand Beautiful Dreams” Flint, Michigan has become a symbol of how social and environmental justice (and injustice) are intertwined. We welcome the University of Michigan-Flint Chamber Singers, under Dr. Gabriela Hristova, to join with us in presenting recent music that gives voice to the tragedies of the past and present, the promise of social […]
“Angels and Demons” Come with us on a Dante-inspired journey from the Inferno through Purgatory all the way to Paradise, as interpreted by composers Karl Jenkins, Zdeněk Lukáš, György Orbán, Alfred Schnittke, Joseph Rheinberger, Rodion Schedrin, W. A. Mozart, and Marteen Spruijt!
In the midst of our wishing for spring, Midwest Stormtrackers Steve and Dale (and more) return to discuss the upcoming tornado season and to promote weather safety and upcoming severe storm spotting classes this year. Their website is http://www.midwestsstrc.org/. They also hope that you’ll pledge support to WORT during the Access Hour!