Race + Diversity

What do a Scottsdale memoirist, a Tucson coffee shop/bookstore owner — who's also a haiku enthusiast as well as a crime writer — and a Tucson Festival of Books panelist have in common? They’re all part of this episode of KJZZ’s Word. It’s a podcast about literature in Arizona and the region.
Feb. 11, 2022
A new study suggests culturally tailored programs might help raise colonoscopy rates among Hispanic adults. That group generally has low screening rates, even though colorectal cancer ranks as its second leading cause of cancer deaths.
Feb. 11, 2022
Arizona House of Representatives building
The resolution “Stop Critical Race Theory” would ban both racial discrimination in public institutions and preferential treatment under affirmative action.
Feb. 7, 2022
Sentinel Peak in Tucson
Paula Balafas is the University of Arizona’s newest police chief and the first woman to hold that position in the university’s history.
Feb. 7, 2022
Calvin Schermerhorn
Consumer boycotts occur where the public is encouraged to stop buying particular products. But in the course of history, those efforts have had extremely mixed results.
Feb. 3, 2022
phoenix city hall
The Phoenix City Council unanimously approved a new paid city holiday at its Wednesday meeting. Juneteenth will become an annual holiday starting this year.
Feb. 2, 2022
Navajo Nation
Archaeologists are tasked with exploring the history of civilizations and those who lived in them — including humans and animals. But the field itself hasn’t been dominated by people of color. And that can commonly mean that some stories are not being told, or if they are, the authenticity may be lacking.
Jan. 27, 2022
laura coates just pursuit book cover
The U.S. justice system is one of many institutions considered to have systemic racism. Attorney Laura Coates detailed her experience working in the system in her book, "Just Pursuit: A Black Prosecutor’s Fight for Fairness."
Jan. 27, 2022
Kayden Phoenix
Until recently, minorities have been underrepresented in the comic book world, and the burden to create these characters and their narratives has often fallen to smaller, independent producers of comics and graphic novels. Kayden Phoenix is not just occupying that space — she is blowing it up.
Jan. 26, 2022
Deb Haaland
There are hundreds of federal land units that use names considered to be derogatory to Native Americans and Indigenous people. Not much movement has occurred to permanently change them until Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the first Native American to lead the department, made it a higher priority.
Jan. 20, 2022
Tulsa Race Massacre refugee camp
The history of the U.S. is riddled with incidents of racial injustice, which continue today. One of the worst events, and one that was widely unknown beyond its region until recently, is known as the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921.
Jan. 19, 2022
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz of Scottsdale's Beit Midrash Jewish Learning Center
A hostage situation at a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, over the weekend renewed Jewish fears of increasing antisemitic sentiment in the U.S. and the danger that may pose to members of the Jewish community.
Jan. 18, 2022
Lara Bazelon and Jason Riley
Systemic racism is a term that has become a more common part of the vernacular in the past couple of years, and the phrase is applied to many of the nation's traditional institutions — including government, law enforcement, education and business.
Jan. 18, 2022
Martin Luther King Jr.
People from across the Valley marched in downtown Phoenix on Monday to honor the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. The annual march comes at a time when passing national voting legislation is stymied by the U.S. Senate and as the state Legislature considers new voting restriction
Jan. 17, 2022
Eastlake Park civil rights memorial in Phoenix
On a day designated to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, the city of Phoenix added history to a civil rights memorial. In 1997, the Civil Rights Memorial at Eastlake Park was created as a public art project to reflect a decade-by-decade history of the civil rights movement in the United States and Arizona
Jan. 17, 2022
A house for sale in north Glendale
American cities have been divided by race for generations. And ASU associate professor Rashad Shabazz argues it wasn’t accidental, and that its implications are vast.
Jan. 11, 2022
Sherman and Sha Lester Deeply Rooted Ranch & Homestead
When Tucson writer Adiba Nelson noticed two different Instagram accounts devoted to documenting the lives and work of Black farmers and ranchers in southern Arizona, she knew she was onto something.
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Jan. 4, 2022
Cheryl Boone Isaacs
Cheryl Boone Isaacs is founding director of the Sidney Poitier New American Film School. She has taught at other universities as well, and served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — becoming just the third woman and first Black person to hold that position.
Dec. 29, 2021
Arts enthusiasts in Arizona now have one of their own distinguished advocates in the nation’s top spot as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts as ASU professor Maria Rosario Jackson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Saturday.
Dec. 20, 2021
Chandler High School
The Chandler Unified School District’s governing board recently approved two new high school electives focused on African American and Mexican American history.
Dec. 15, 2021

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