Race + Diversity

Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center in Phoenix
Downtown Phoenix has built up around the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center near Margaret T. Hance Park. And this year, the center is celebrating its centennial.
Nov. 5, 2021
Indigenous woman led the 2019 Phoenix Women's March
The Government Accountability Office has released a report on the issue of missing or murdered Indigenous women.
Nov. 3, 2021
A new book of personal stories about Black residents of Arizona was released last month. The work is a continuation of a project that seeks to expand the story of “The Great Migration.” Its curator is now offering workshops to further discussions about parts of history that’s often under-studied.
Nov. 2, 2021
A mural of poet Amanda Gorman
What do a Valley novelist, tireless advocate of the arts and poet in her own right, and a teacher/spoken word artist in Phoenix have in common? They are our three guests who thread that needle through this tapestry we call Word. It’s a podcast about literature in Arizona and the region, created and hosted by KJZZ’s Tom Maxedon.
Oct. 24, 2021
Tempe City Hall
The Tempe City Council met Thursday night to discuss the renaming of several parks and schools in the city after discovering they were named after former Ku Klux Klan members. But the process is just getting started.
Oct. 22, 2021
A new print anthology entitled, “Indiscernibles in Arizona,” is now available. It’s part of an attempt to expand the story about “The Great Migration,” when millions of Black people left the South for the North, Midwest and West during the 20th century.
Oct. 21, 2021
Tempe City Hall
Tempe councilmembers this week will discuss a recommendation to rename several city parks, streets and neighborhoods named for individuals who were recently discovered to be members of a local Ku Klux Klan chapter in the 1920s.
Oct. 16, 2021
On this first October offering of “Word,” wanderlust is our theme. We explore what Valley teacher and writer Marla-Tiye Vieira, southern New Mexico scholar, fiction writer and poet Ana Castillo, as well as longtime producer of Anthony Bourdain’s TV shows, Tom Vitale, have to contribute to our itinerary.
Oct. 10, 2021
people holding hands
The elderly care industry is about to boom — mainly because there are about to be so many more people over the age of 65 in the country. But there are big issues facing that industry.
Oct. 7, 2021
KJZZ logo generic card
President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced his intent to nominate two women of color with ties to Arizona as chairs of the National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts.
Oct. 5, 2021
dust storm
Arizona leads the country in Valley fever infections — about two-thirds of the nearly 100,000 documented cases in recent years happened here. And it disproportionately affects people of color.
Oct. 5, 2021
syringes
The gap between White and Latino vaccination rates has been shrinking in the U.S. But gains have been uneven, and in Arizona, there’s still a major disparity between the demographics.
Oct. 1, 2021
She Is Missing MMIW artwork
Gabby Petito’s case has captured the nation’s attention in recent weeks as the mystery around her disappearance played out in real time on the news. But for some Native Americans, it only highlights what’s not covered so insatiably by the media: the disappearance and death of untold numbers of Indigenous women.
Sep. 28, 2021
body camera and badge on officer
The media spotlight on Black Lives Matter protests and police brutality changed the narrative around what it means to be a police officer in America. And according to Adam Fine's research, it’s shifted the way young people, in particular, see law enforcement.
Sep. 28, 2021
Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation Tuesday night unveiled the results of its community survey at a fundraising event tying into the fall equinox. The final draft provides insights into the next stage of growth for the area.
Sep. 21, 2021
Esteban Moctezuma
The United States and Mexico have signed a new agreement focused on combatting discrimination against Mexican and Mexican-American workers in the United States.
Sep. 2, 2021
Census online response
There were a lot of things standing in the way of an accurate census count in 2020: a pandemic, natural disasters, and what many called political interference from the Trump administration. And although the census says it’s too early to tell, a new investigation from the Associated Press shows a potential undercount — especially of Hispanic and Black populations.
Aug. 31, 2021
statue of justice outside court building
The Arizona Supreme Court says it’s getting rid of peremptory strikes — the ability of lawyers to eliminate potential jurors without giving a reason.
Aug. 31, 2021
Rev. Warren Stewart
Arizona and several other states imposed new restrictions making it harder to vote. Saturday's event at Pilgrim Rest church is part of a national effort to sign up two million new voters and press Congress to act on voting rights legislation.
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Aug. 29, 2021
Rachel Lynett
A Minnesota playwright, producer and teaching artist has won Arizona Theatre Company’s 2021 National Latinx Playwrights Award. Rachel Lynett’s winning play, “Black Mexican,” opens with a student questioning whether a professor is Cuban.
Aug. 27, 2021

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