Fighting for legacy and Durham’s Black Wall Street

The entrepreneurial efforts of Black business men fueled Durham North Carolina’s Black Wall Street -- creating lasting institutions for excellence despite the threat to decimate Black communities with plans of urban renewal, highway construction and segregation.  The Black business community worked to ensure that opportunity in Durham remained available for [...]

By |2021-09-08T13:51:47-05:00September 10, 2021|Blackness, Economy, Education, Justice, Reckon Creates, Story|

Read/Watch/Listen: Mississippi ACLU’s new LGBTQ-justice project leader McKenna Raney

Attorney McKenna Raney-Gray will lead the brand-new LGBTQ Justice Project, a free legal clinic at the ACLU of Mississippi that will offer services to LGBTQ-identifying people on issues including family law, civil rights and employment discrimination.  Raney-Gray shared with Reckon what she’s currently reading, watching and listening to on LGBTQ issues and culture.   [...]

By |2021-09-14T15:35:52-05:00September 1, 2021|Justice, LGBTQ, Story|

Meet the Black woman who established Emmett Till’s murder as sparking the Civil Rights Movement

Before the late 1980s, most academics cited the start of the Civil Rights Movement as Rosa Parks’ refusal to vacate her bus seat on Dec. 1, 1955. But 95 days earlier, the death of a 14-year-old boy named Emmett Till was about to shake the movement to life.   Clenora Hudson-Weems, who [...]

By |2021-09-05T12:07:15-05:00August 27, 2021|Blackness, Justice, Race, Reckon|Women, Story|

Descendants of Alabama’s Africatown persist despite industrial pollution struggles

The daily reminders of Africatown’s complex history can be seen several times a day, as trains slowly roll past the dilapidated homes, empty, overgrown lots and pockmarked streets that were once bustling with life and industry.  Those same trains have been the lifeblood of Gulf Coast communities for almost two [...]

By |2021-09-14T15:36:24-05:00August 27, 2021|Blackness, Justice, Race, Story|

It doesn’t have to be this way: North Carolina cities explore alternatives to police response for non-violent emergency calls

When there is an emergency or something seems out of control, most people call 911.  Dispatchers usually send police officers to respond — even when their presence is unnecessary and a response beyond traditional policing tactics could be more helpful. In North Carolina, the data shows that most crime is [...]

By |2021-08-31T08:52:35-05:00August 25, 2021|Blackness, Justice, Politics, Race, Story|

Reckon and AL.com awarded $35K grant; will highlight the criminalization of poverty in documentary

Reckon and AL.com will produce a documentary about the criminalization of poverty thanks to a grant from the Ira A. Lipman Center for Journalism and Civil and Human Rights at the Columbia Journalism School. The grant amounts to $35,000, which will support AL.com investigative reporter Connor Sheets in pursuing major [...]

By |2021-08-10T11:59:14-05:00August 9, 2021|Blackness, Economy, Justice, Race, Story|

DaBaby: Why these Charlotte advocates think his ‘harmful’ comments will set back youth living with HIV

As DaBaby's recent use of homophobic and stigmatizing HIV language at a Miami music festival continues to draw fire, 11 national LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS organizations sent the North Carolina-based rapper an open letter requesting a private conversation about education, harm and advocacy. “We heard your inaccurate and harmful comments at [...]

How an Appalachia youth coalition is creating a region where people can and want to STAY

Young Black, Latinx, and queer people in Appalachia don’t have what they need to live a safe and sustainable life in their regions.  Groups like The STAY Together Youth Appalachian Project, a diverse youth coalition in Central Appalachia, are providing young people in Appalachia an opportunity to challenge systems of [...]

By |2021-07-07T10:40:38-05:00June 29, 2021|Blackness, Economy, Justice, LGBTQ, Race, Story|

Do the people stressing over critical race theory even know what it is?

Over the last few months, you’ve probably read about the latest political brawl in the never ending culture wars: Critical Race Theory. It’s a complicated concept that largely explores how race and racism is experienced in the U.S. and how it intertwines with the functions of society. One of the [...]

By |2021-07-07T10:40:58-05:00June 24, 2021|Blackness, Education, Justice, Life & Culture, Race, Story|
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