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How do we fix child care in the South? These 5 advocates have thoughts

Before the pandemic, the South was already a place where child-care workers are paid less, even when wages are adjusted for cost of living, than the national average. Many places in the South, particularly rural areas, don’t have enough child-care slots for the number of eligible children.  This year, Reckon obtained data on child-care program closures in Tennessee, Alabama, [...]

By |2021-10-25T10:59:36-05:00October 25, 2021|Blackness, Education, Feature, Health, Justice, Reckon|Women|

Adam Harris on the inequalities baked into America’s education system

In his new book "The State Must Provide," Adam Harris examines the systemic inequities baked into the American higher education system. In this episode, he joins the Reckon Interview to explain how America's colleges were created, the emotional toll on students trying to desegregate American colleges, the role of HBCUs, [...]

Why Black communities’ lack of parks is an environmental justice issue

Since the Covid-19 pandemic emerged more than 20 months ago, green spaces in the nation’s cities have become valuable outdoor refuges, places to escape the tedium of life surrounded by four walls. As the science around how the disease spreads has become clearer, and the nation’s collective mental health plummeted [...]

By |2021-10-21T09:16:06-05:00October 21, 2021|Blackness, Economy, Feature, Health, Politics, Race|

More than step shows: Meet Jared Ball, the Morgan State professor debunking HBCU myths

If you attended a historically Black college or university, you've heard it all before. HBCU students spend their refund checks on Jordan's, crab legs and haircuts. Non-Black students only go to HBCUs for the free tuition.  HBCU presidents routinely run budget deficits by making bad financial decisions. HBCU alumni refuse [...]

By |2021-10-21T10:04:28-05:00October 15, 2021|Blackness, Education, Justice, Politics, Race, Reckon Creates, Story|

A child care crisis worsened in the pandemic. Meet the Southerners working to fix it.

During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nancy Sylvester watched with growing concern as child care centers around her own center in Jackson, Miss. closed their doors – for good. “There was one center that was just down the street, the largest center in this area, which had been [...]

By |2021-10-15T09:18:41-05:00October 13, 2021|Blackness, Economy, Education, Feature, Health, Reckon|Women, Story|

Fighting climate change inequity through flood insurance? Yep, it’s a thing.

On September 10, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson arrived at the George Washington Carver High School in New Orleans’s hurricane ravaged Ninth Ward. The school, built just four years earlier, had become a refugee center for those affected by a Category 4 hurricane that pummeled the city the previous day [...]

Ashley M. Jones—Alabama’s youngest, first Black and, possibly, dopest poet laureate—on the need for reparations now, tomorrow and forever

There's power in art. Power to persuade. Power to inform. Power to move. And the powerful work of Ashley M. Jones is deeply rooted in stories and images from the American South. Today on the Reckon Interview, we discuss Ashley's latest collection "Reparations Now!" the title of which comes from [...]

By |2021-10-06T10:00:44-05:00October 5, 2021|Blackness, Podcast, Race, Reckon|Women|

As Black folks reimagine soul food, plant-based eating is on the rise

For Black Americans, eating greens is becoming about a lot more than massive pots of collards, mustards and turnips.  While the pandemic has disproportionately affected Black and brown communities, some have found restitution by incorporating more fruits and vegetables into their diets and, in some cases, switching to plant-based diets.  [...]

By |2021-09-15T13:24:57-05:00September 14, 2021|Blackness, Feature, Health, Life & Culture, Race, Story|
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