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Dr. Bob Davies, Murray State University

Murray State President Dr. Bob Davies speaks with Matt Markgraf on Sounds Good about the #RacersCare campaign, an update on performance funding, efforts underway to increase diversity in students, faculty and staff, understanding the budget advisory committee and 'entrepreneurial opportunities' and his thoughts on the possible payroll tax. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Addressing the campus community Thursday, Murray State University President Dr. Bob Davies touted department, faculty and staff accolades and touched on how the university plans on navigating through sociopolitical and economic challenges. Davies delivered his State of the University Address, titled "Lofty Aims and High Aspirations: Our Most Significant Fortune" at Wrather Museum. 

With her infant son in a sling, Monique Black strolls through a weekend open house in the gentrified Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C. There are lots of factors to consider when looking for a home — in this one, Monique notices, the tiny window in the second bedroom doesn't let in enough light. But for parents like Black and her husband, Jonny, there's a more important question: How good are the nearby schools?

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We hope you join us for a panel on Race Relations in Hopkinsville on October 22 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the War Memorial Building, titled "Where are we now, where do we want to be, and how do we get there?"

A panel of community leaders generate discussion on issues facing Hopkinsville. Panelists are Reverend Lisa Lewis-Balboa, Gwenda Motley, Matt Snorton, Judge Arnold Lynch, and Chief Clayton Sumner. WKMS is moderating the discussion.

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  Political junkies in Kentucky believe history will be made this weekend at the Fancy Farm Picnic, as the stage will host what is believed to be the first black female candidate. Jenean Hampton is the Republican candidate for Lt. Governor. And just as the stage party has lacked diversity over the years, so has the audience.  

Niaz Khadem

The Paducah Racial Unity Group held several showings of the film Racial Taboo at Maiden Alley Cinema over the past month, to a strong and diverse attendance. Group organizers Beth Khadem and Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church pastor Reverend Alfred Anderson visit Sounds Good to discuss the next steps in a six-part series of workshops called "Continuing the Conversation," which start tonight.

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Update: This reading was rescheduled to April 2, due to winter weather in February. This conversation was re-broadcast on Sounds Good, April 1.

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.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Update: We've included  the March 12 conversation from Sounds Good with Kate Lochte, Nikki Radford and  Ellen Gilbert of the Global Education Center. In this conversation, Gilbert explains the Global Education Center and previews the musicians and dancers at the festival.

The Hopkinsville International Festival, now in its sixth year, showcases some of the cultural diversity in the region. Featuring a global village, performance on two stages, food, lectures, language courses and more, it's a weekend that brings people together in an interactive nature that allows folks to engage, says event coordinators Nikki Radford and Nina Shalom. They speak with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good with a preview.

The number of people who identify as belonging to two or more races keeps climbing with each Census. The number of people identified as both black and white, for example, more than doubled between 2000 and 2010, from about 780,000 to 1.8 million.

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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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