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Diversity
4:23 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Could You Describe Your Racial Experience In Six Words?

Journalist Michele Norris launched the Race Card Project to get people talking about race in America.
Flickr Photo/KCTS 9 Public Television

Ross Reynolds speaks with NPR host and special correspondent Michele Norris about her project the Race Card Project.

Brown v. Board of Education
12:07 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Decades Later, Desegregation Still On The Docket In Little Rock

Eight of the nine black students who integrated Little Rock Central High School walk from school to their waiting Army station wagon on Oct. 2, 1957.
Ferd Kaufman AP

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 10:23 am

In Little Rock, Ark., on Monday, a federal judge is considering a deal that would end one of the longest-running and most notorious school desegregation cases in the country. The state, its largest school districts and lawyers representing black students have agreed to settle a complex lawsuit over unequal education.

Little Rock has long been the symbol of the South's violent reaction to Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 Supreme Court ruling that declared school segregation unconstitutional.

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Television
3:05 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Green Is Still The Only Color That Matters In TV

Actress Kerry Washington, who plays Olivia Pope on the hit show "Scandal."
From the "Scandal" Facebook page.

David Hyde talks with Robert Thompson, Director of the Bleier Center for Television & Popular Culture Trustee at Syracuse University about racial diversity on television. From The Cosby Show to In Living Color to Scandal, for the last three decades shows starring and produced by African-Americans have been huge hits; but primetime television still remains mostly white.

Immigration
6:00 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Peace At Foster High, Where Students Once Couldn’t ‘Let Go Of The War’

Students at Foster High School in Tukwila celebrate a multi-cultural day as part of their Homecoming festivities.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ardo Hersi

David Montoya graduated from Foster High School in Tukwila, Wash., in 1989. The school was once surrounded by farms and orchards, and Montoya estimated that he was from one of maybe 10 minority families at the time.

Montoya’s son Max now attends the school, and it looks a lot different now. Minorities make up 71 percent of the student body, and The New York Times estimates that Foster is in the most diverse school district in the nation.

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Faaaaat Albert!
8:07 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Hey Hey Hey! Historian Draws Attention To '70s Black Animation Art

An original production cel from Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. The show was among a burst of 1970s-era Saturday morning cartoons that featured positive African-American characters.
Courtesy of Pamela Thomas/Museum of UnCut Funk!

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 10:34 am

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History
4:06 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

What Happened With Mandatory Busing In Seattle And Around The Country?

Courtesy of Seattle Public Schools Archive

David Hyde speaks with Kenneth C. Davis, the author of "Don’t Know Much About History," about the history of mandatory busing in America.

Series: Black In Seattle
10:53 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Response To "Black In Seattle: Dating Woes"

Naomi and Roland Truitt, from the first part in the "Black In Seattle" series.
Credit KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

Tonya Mosley's Black in Seattle series concluded Thursday with a look at the challenges black women have in finding partners, called he "marriage freeze."

Listeners and readers added their own insight on the series and their experiences finding love in Seattle.

Follow the hashtag #blackinseattle on Twitter and add your questions and insights.

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Black In Seattle
10:40 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Black In Seattle Live Twitter Chat

Tonya Mosley, creator of the Black In Seattle series.

Black In Seattle series producer Tonya Mosley (@tonyamosley) moderated a live Twitter chat last night. Local guests Enrico Benjamin and Alex Wells joined her to discuss what it's like to be a black man in Seattle.

Miss anything? Catch up on all the pieces from Mosley's series and highlights from the chat below, and follow the hashtag #blackinseattle on Twitter to add your questions and insights.

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Series: Black In Seattle
6:00 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Finding A (Black) Man: Dating Woes For Seattle's Black Women

Marquetta Riley
Credit KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

In 2002, Seattle Times columnist Jerry Large wrote about the black experience in Seattle in which black women complained about how few black men there were to date. One woman said to "bring your own black men (or women) to date because Seattle is hard on black women's dating aspirations."

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Black In Seattle
10:59 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Response To 'Black In Seattle: Busing Blues'

Credit Courtesy of Seattle Public Schools Archive

Tonya Mosley's Black in Seattle series continued Tuesday with a piece on the Seattle Public Schools' 21-year busing program and the way it continues to affect the way black people, some of who are parents now themselves, view their community and education.

Listeners and readers added their own insight on their experiences with the busing program.

Follow the hashtag #blackinseattle on Twitter and add your questions and insights. Don't have a Twitter account? Eavesdrop on the chat in real-time.

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Black In Seattle
8:00 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Black Man, White City: 'It's Unnecessarily Stressful'

Tariq Sahali
Credit KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

On a map, Seattle is a blue dot – often described as liberal and tolerant. But it’s not always comfortable for black men who say they experience racial profiling and discrimination.

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Black In Seattle: Web Special
11:11 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Black In Seattle: 'Perceptions May Be Different Than Reality'

Seattle Fire Department Chief Gregory Dean
Credit KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

This week, we’ve been airing stories by reporter Tonya Mosley centered around the question: What is the black experience in Seattle? Below, hear Web exclusive interviews from more people Mosley interviewed for her series, Black In Seattle

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Black In Seattle
10:35 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Response To 'Black In Seattle: Struggling To Stay Connected'

Benita Thomas, right, described what led her to the decision to move away from Seattle in Tonya Mosley's first piece in the Black in Seattle series.
KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

Tonya Mosley's Black in Seattle series on KUOW immediately struck a chord with her first piece that asked a fraught question: Where are the black people? For a large and progressive metro area, Seattle actually lags behind other cities and the country as a whole in its black population.

Listeners and readers added their own insight as to what Seattle offers and what it is missing for the black community.

Follow the hashtag #blackinseattle on Twitter and add your questions and insights. Don't have a Twitter account? Eavesdrop on the chat in real-time.

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Black In Seattle
10:30 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Busing Blues: When Seattle Sent Black Kids To White North End

As part of a Seattle Public Schools program, students were bused from different neighborhoods to improve racial mixes.
Courtesy of MOHAI, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, 2000.107

On a recent Thursday evening, Amalia Martino rushed from work to catch the last few minutes of her daughter Sophia’s soccer game. She pointed out her daughter on the field, laughing a little: “My daughter is the brown one.”

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Black In Seattle
7:57 am
Mon October 28, 2013

'Where Are The Black People?' Struggling To Stay Connected

April Nowak takes her daughters Camille and Simone to play dates with other brown girls in the Puget Sound area.
Credit KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

What is it like to be black in the fifth whitest major city in America?

It’s not an easy question to answer.

Seattle’s black population hovers around 8 percent, with more leaving every year.

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