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|

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|

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|

Why this Alabama mom and daughter are fighting their school’s ‘creepy and unsettling’ dress code rules 

When Nyoka Holmes, a 15-year-old high school sophomore, came home upset about a dress code enforcement day at Alabama’s Huntsville High School, her mother, Kim, knew she had to say something about the policy that she says unfairly targets girls and low-income students.   Although Nyoka wasn’t one of the [...]

By |2021-10-04T10:00:01-05:00October 4, 2021|Education, Feature, Reckon|Women, Story|

Meet Alaina Comeaux, one of thousands of New Orleanians practicing mutual aid after Hurricane Ida

More than two weeks after hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana, residents in New Orleans and in smaller coastal communities are still suffering. Down in the bayou, a couple of hours south of New Orleans, homes have been entirely pushed off their stilts and residents are in full survival mode. [...]

By |2021-09-16T12:29:53-05:00September 16, 2021|Economy, LGBTQ, Politics, Race, Reckon|Women, 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|

Hannah-Kate Williams sues Southern Baptist Convention, claiming defamation, failure to investigate sex abuse

In June, a Kentucky woman asked the Southern Baptist Convention to investigate sexual abuse by ministers within the denomination.   Now, Hannah-Kate Williams is suing the powerful evangelical religious organization, and its key leaders, alleging church leaders failed to adequately investigate Williams’ own reports in 2019, defamed her as a liar and “conspired to protect [...]

By |2021-09-02T09:20:09-05:00August 25, 2021|Reckon|Women, Story|
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