Race + Diversity

Census online response
The recent U.S. census numbers showed that Arizona continued to be one of the fastest-growing states, led by Maricopa County’s nearly 16% growth from 2010 to 2020. As part of that, the area showed an increase in diversity, with residents of Hispanic or Latino descent at the top. But another group steadily grew again: Asian Americans.
Aug. 26, 2021
Arizona Humanities is reminding arts and cultural institutions the final deadline for American Rescue Plan grants is fast approaching.
Aug. 17, 2021
Zachary Justin drew from his outdoor environs in the Gila River Indian Community for the Roosevelt Row mural that features saguaros, birds, mountains and Indigenous symbols with a color palette that is heavy on blues, purples and magentas.
Aug. 16, 2021
Taxpayers in the Tucson Unified School District are not entitled to state assistance for money spent on the cost of court-ordered desegregation programs, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
Aug. 11, 2021
El Paso Walmart employees return to work after shooting
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund is launching a new initiative to combat bias and racism against Latinos.
Aug. 10, 2021
Jazz, blues and bluegrass are unique to American musical history, but their roots reach back centuries to Western Africa. Pascal Bokar and his Afro Blue Grazz Band have a series of upcoming concerts in the Valley that merge those influences and include a discussion about the influence of West Africa on the evolution of American culture and musical traditions as part of the Jazz Culture & Social Justice Project.
Aug. 4, 2021
child writing at school
The way schools teach about racism in the context of history, social studies and political science has become an increasingly contentious topic in recent years. But 15 years ago, one Arizona school district was already using a lens of racial awareness in its Mexican American Studies classes.
Jul. 13, 2021
children and teacher smiling
Chandler has budgeted $10,000 to award mini-grants to teachers, schools, nonprofits and community organizations.
Jul. 6, 2021
kids painting in a classroom
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say about one in 54 kids is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, but ASU's Kristina Lopez says some children are being severely underdiagnosed.
Jun. 30, 2021
John Hansen and his family
Before the pandemic, Mohave Community College English instructor John Hansen had taught his classes primarily online, so when COVID-19 hit and classes shifted to virtual settings, Hansen wasn't nervous about teaching remotely. He was nervous about how his students would react when they saw him on camera on Zoom and realized he was Asian.
Jun. 29, 2021
A still from the film "Voodoo Macbeth."
In 1936 Harlem, an all-Black cast produced an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s "Macbeth," commonly referred to as “Voodoo Macbeth.” A new biopic of the same name about the production won “Best of Fest” last weekend at the 27th annual Sedona International Film Festival.
Jun. 20, 2021
 Danny Upshaw's wheat paste mural is titled "Uncontained Harmony"
Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation offers key takeaways from recent survey.
Jun. 19, 2021
After the recent Mexican midterm elections, Mexico City got its first migrant congressperson, who will represent citizens living abroad. The elected official lives in New York City and promises to build stronger ties between Mexico’s capital and the U.S.
Jun. 17, 2021
June 19 is now a federal holiday, as President Joe Biden Thursday signed legislation recognizing Juneteenth as the end of slavery in America. KJZZ explores further how the date exemplifies a celebration of the closing of an uniquely horrific chapter in American history.
Jun. 17, 2021
syringes
The COVID-19 Vaccine Poll from the Commonwealth Fund and the African American Research Collaborative asked more than 12,000 Americans about their vaccination status and their attitudes toward the vaccine. The results highlight nationwide inequities in vaccine distribution among different demographic groups.
Jun. 16, 2021
Allister Adel
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office announced Friday it is permanently dismissing charges against protesters who were arrested in the fall of 2020 in downtown Phoenix.
Jun. 11, 2021
Nicholas Galanin Never Forget Indian Land sign
Each spring, the desert outside of Palm Springs, California, is activated with massive, experimental, international contemporary art installations. It’s called Desert X. And this year, one exhibition caught headlines around the globe.
Jun. 11, 2021
Governor candidates
Members of an LGBTQ coalition in Sonora have secured signatures on an inclusive political agenda from dozens candidates running for political office this election cycle.
Jun. 2, 2021
Charli Calvin
The state health department released final rules about who qualifies to pursue a license. But efforts to help those hurt by the drug war in other parts of the country where marijuana has been legalized have been criticized for not living up to their intentions. Now it’s Arizona’s turn to try and ingrain social justice values sought by many in the U.S. into a developing and profitable industry.
Jun. 2, 2021
takeout box with food
After the murder of George Floyd last year, DoorDash, Uber Eats and its brand Postmates waived delivery fees for some Black-owned restaurants. The delivery companies said they wanted to respond to nationwide calls for racial justice. But legal challenges came quickly.
Jun. 2, 2021

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