African American

Culture
3:00 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

MSU Lecture: "Lift Every Voice and Sing" an Analysis of the 'Black National Anthem'

Dr. Tim Askew
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115 years ago, James Weldon Johnson's lyrics and his brother John Rosamond Johnson's music resulted in the hymn "Lift Every Voice and Sing." Over the years, the song has been called a national anthem for African Americans. Clark Atlanta University's Dr. Tim Askew talks about his new book, Cultural Hegemony and African American Patriotism: An Analysis of the Song, "Lift Every Voice and Sing" at Murray State's Wrather Auditorium Thursday at 4 p.m. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte asks Dr. Askew about how his research led him to what some see as his controversial conclusions.

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Society
3:23 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Murray State's LGBT Programming Hosts Coming-of-Age Film 'Pariah'

Tracie Gilbert on Sounds Good
Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The film Pariah is a coming-of-age art drama looking at the life of a young woman in New York City discovering her own identity and the conflicts that arise from race, religion, sexual orientation and adolescent anxiety. Murray State University Minority Teaching Fellow Tracie Gilbert joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about the film and the unique stories it presents that tend to get overlooked, ahead of tonight's 7:30 showing at the Curris Center Theatre.

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Culture
2:16 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Paducah Racial Unity Group Launches with Film, Workshops

Racial Taboo Film Poster
Credit racialtaboo.com

Be intentional. It isn't enough to feel in our minds a certain way about inqequality and injustice, but showing that feeling is so important, says Beth Khadem of the Paducah NAACP Racial Unity Group. She and Cal Ross, Executive Director of the Paducah Housing Authority, join Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about reinvigorating the group with racial unity efforts in Paducah, including film and discussion at Maiden Alley Cinema and a "Race Story Rewrite" all-day workshop in May.

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Culture
10:34 am
Wed February 18, 2015

'Ted Talk' on Hopkinsville Journalist Rescheduled to March

Credit Courtesy of Jennifer Brown, Kentucky New Era archives

Ted Poston was born in Hopkinsville in 1906. He attended an African American high school in Hopkinsville and earned his bachelor's degree in Nashville. In 1928, he moved to New York and joined the Harlem Renaissance. There, he became the first African American writer on staff at the New York Post and the first to make a career at a white mainstream paper, where he covered the major events of the Civil Rights Era. Kentucky New Era Opinion Editor Jennifer Brown joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to preview her "Ted Talk" coming up in March, with more about Hopkinsville's own, the "Dean of Black Journalists," Ted Poston.

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Arts
8:40 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

"The Big Smoke" Author Reads Poems About Boxer Jack Johnson at Murray State

Credit The Big Smoke book cover, adrianmatejka.com

In 2013, Penguin Books published Adrian Matejka's book about the flamboyant boxer Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion of the world who held the title from 19088 to 1915. The book received the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award recognizing its important contribution to the understanding of racism and human diversity. Writing for Boston.com of The Boston Globe, John Freeman says that Matejka's voice is that of the boxer: "The gold-toothed, Shakespeare-loving, womanizing child of ex-slaves talks jive, taunts opponents, and muses philosophical about the American condition: 'When I clinch a man/it's like being swaddled in forgiveness.'" Kate Lochte visited with Matejka about The Big Smoke ahead of his reading Thursday night at Murray State.

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Society
8:19 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

UT Martin Hosts 15th Annual Civil Rights Conference Next Week

Credit UT Martin logo, utm.edu

The University of Tennessee at Martin hosts its 15th Annual Civil Rights Conference next week. Conference Director, Assistant Professor of History Renee LaFleur previews the multi-day event whose keynote speaker is presidential historian and Director of the Lyndon B. Johnson Library since 2009, Mark Updegrove. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with LaFleur about the theme of how President Johnson's "Great Society" contributed to the Civil Rights Movement and other featured speakers at the event.

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WKMS Press Releases
11:33 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Hear Black History Month Specials on WKMS

Civil Rights leaders: Bayard Rustin, Andrew Young, Rep. William Fitts Ryan, James Farmer, John Lewis, 1965
Credit Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons, Library of Congress

WKMS celebrates Black History Month with a unique collection of vignettes during Sounds Good all month long, a limited-run series on the life and music of Duke Ellington and special programming covering "Race and Fear" in America, the Civil Rights movement from Seneca Falls to Selma to Stonewall, and a special report following three African American women coping with breast cancer.

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Culture
12:20 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Murray State Celebrates Diversity with MLK Day Events, Films, Symposium

S.G. Carthell speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good
Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State University begins Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemorative events early with a candlelight vigil and march Sunday evening, with community breakfasts Saturday in Paducah and Monday in Murray. A series of presentations follow, including the screening of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom by Cinema International. MSU Multi-Cultural Affairs Director S.G. Carthell and Cinema International Coordinator Tim Johns join Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about MLK Day and diversity events this semester.

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Arts
5:10 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Hotel Metropolitan Hosts First Purple Room Performance in 50 Years

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In the era of segregation, Paducah's Hotel Metropolitan was considered one of the finest African American hotels in the region. Many prominent guests have spent the night: Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Harlem Globetrotters, Satchel Paige, Thurgood Marshall, Thomas Dorsey, Ray Charles, Ike and Tina, and Cab Calloway. Now, the building functions as a museum, for its famous guests and 20th century African American history. Betty Dobson joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about the hotel's first Purple Room performance in fifty years, tomorrow night, featuring harmonica bluesman "Rip Lee" Pryor.

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Culture
2:31 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Understanding Traditional African American Burial Practices & The Memorial in Cadiz

African American Memorial at East End Cemetery in Cadiz
Credit Leida Underhill, Main Street Manager, Cadiz

Cadiz City Council authorized Cadiz Renaissance to pursue plants to upgrade East End Cemetery. Mayor Lyn Bailey formed a committee whose work culminates in this Saturday's unveiling of a monument to African-Americans buried there without markers. MSU Archeology Students led by Professor Dr. Anthony Ortmann assisted with ground-penetrating radar. John L. Street Library's Kim Fortman identified the names of at least 45 African Americans listed, but officials estimate there being as many as 200 unknown graves. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Dr. Steve Jones about traditional African American burial practices.

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