After much discussion, Congress passed legislation to establish Juneteenth as a national holiday. President Joe Biden signed the bill on June 17, 2021.
This KBCS audio excerpt explores important details about Juneteenth and what happened on June 19, 1865.
Since 2015, local photographer, Nate Gowdy has been working on a personal project to document the Trump era’s political campaigns and culture. On January 6, 2021, he was in Washington DC to document the atmosphere around the Congressional confirmation of electoral votes for Rolling Stone. The day was interrupted by a mob attack on the country’s capitol building. Gowdy shared his experiences with KBCS’s Yuko Kodama within a week after the event.
KBCS reporter, Kevin P. Henry interviewed two, local, Black mental health counselors. They discuss how Black communities and communities of color can be emotionally impacted and traumatized in hearing about these racially motivated incidents. Find out how this may play out among friendships and co-workers, and some suggestions on how to help. (more…)
The Washington State Historical Society hosts the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit of the Negro Motorist Green Book Exhibit in partnership with the Black Historical Society of Washington State
The Black Historical Society of Washington State and Washington State Historical Museum hosts an Author Talk and Book Signing with Candacy Taylor, Leading Green Book Scholar and Cultural Documentarian accompanied by the African American Writers Alliance on May 19, 6-8 pm.
Carolyn DeFord is an enrolled Puyallup member and is from Nisqually and Cowlitz descendants. Her mother, Leona Lee Clare Kinsey has been missing for over 20 years. DeFord shares what she’s come away with from this tragedy with KBCS’s Yuko Kodama (more…)
MAAC or Muslimahs Against Abuse Center is an organization dedicated to assisting victims of gender based violence. Listen in on how this group can fill in spaces for those in need in our community.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, you can call, chat and text the National Domestic Violence Hotline 800.799.SAFE (7233).
Producer: Firdous Khezrian (Special thanks to the South Seattle Emerald for inspiration for this story)
Photo: courtesy of Rahma Rashid
BTS, the South Korean music group has taken the global music scene by storm, breaking records in numbers of albums sold and spun, twitter follows, number of fans, sold out concerts and much more.
Their influence has been noted by many, including governmental officials who have tried to suppress BTS’s reach and image in public. This story looks at who they are, their work and social reach in partnership with their fanbase, ARMY.
Producer: Yuko Kodama – special thanks to Sam Sullivan, Christine Marasigan, Nancy Yang, Candace Epps-Robertson, Laura Mundt, Angela Young and Sherry Lynn Reynolds Anderson
What’s happening on the ground in Poland where Ukrainians are fleeing to by the thousands? A local Sammamish resident and his brother are there to help.
Here is information on their project, Suitcases for Ukraine.
Producer: Yuko Kodama
Photo Credit: Lance and Thury Foster