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May 30, 2021

Lightfoot’s Comments Put Spotlight on Diversity in Newsrooms

Mayor Lori Lightfoot kicked off a firestorm of criticism when she announced that interviews about her second anniversary as mayor would only be given to reporters of color. We speak with leaders of local journalist associations on the role of diversity in newsrooms.

May 30, 2021

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, May 30, 2021 - Full Show

Leaders of local journalist associations on newsroom diversity. The 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre. And a local puppeteer’s experience with racial profiling.

May 23, 2021

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, May 23, 2021 - Full Show

As the anniversary of George Floyd’s death nears, we look ahead with three social justice organizations. A visit to 2300 Jackson Street with two members of the Jackson 5. The last word on gardening.

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May 23, 2021

The Last Word: Chrystal Whitfield

The creator of an Englewood community garden talks about the healing power of growing food as part of our ongoing series.

May 23, 2021

Social Justice Organizations Reflect on 2020 as Floyd Anniversary Nears

One year ago, the world watched a horrific, pivotal video of George Floyd gasping for air under the knee of former police Officer Derek Chauvin. We reflect on the lessons of the past year as local and national organizations continue their push for social justice and equity.

May 16, 2021

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, May 16, 2021 - Full Show

We comb through efforts to end discrimination against Black hairstyles. The Black engineering firm steering CTA’s modernization. And we share the mic with WBEZ host Sasha-Ann Simons.

May 16, 2021

Illinois Senate Bill Addresses Black Hair Discrimination in Schools Across State

Black hair has been politicized, penalized and legislated throughout history. As a bill addressing hair discrimination heads to the Illinois House, we break down the politics of Black hair.

May 9, 2021

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, May 9, 2021 - Full Show

Critics of the Chicago Police Department’s use of ShotSpotter technology question its value. The head of Chicago Public Schools announces her departure. A trip to the Hampton House. And fabulous fabrics.

May 9, 2021

Study Questions Accuracy, Utility of ShotSpotter Technology

A new study by Northwestern University’s MacArthur Justice Center found that 86% of ShotSpotter alerts resulted in no report of any crime, leading to questions of the gunfire detection system’s value in violence reduction.

May 9, 2021

Fred Hampton Jr., Akua Njeri on ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’

It’s a story many Chicagoans know, but since the Oscar-nominated film “Judas and the Black Messiah” was released, more people are learning about the life and death of Fred Hampton. We talk with his widow and his son. 

May 2, 2021

‘It’s In the Action’: C.T. Vivian Memoir Tells Story of Civil Rights Activist

This month’s Black Voices Book Club selection traces the civil rights trail blazed by Dr. C.T. Vivian. We discuss Vivian’s legacy with Steve Fiffer, the co-author of “It’s in the Action: Memories of a Nonviolent Warrior.”

May 2, 2021

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, May 2, 2021 - Full Show

The power of public art for a community. Our latest Black Voices book club selection about a civil rights activist. Harmonica lessons with legendary blues musician Billy Branch.

Apr 25, 2021

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, April 25, 2021 - Full Show

Chicago journalists break down the Derek Chauvin trial and verdict. A new life for the old Michael Reese Hospital site. A throwback to WTTW’s show “Our People.” And a history-making Oscar nominee. 

Apr 25, 2021

‘Our People’ Clips Spark Son’s Memory of Father on TV

Our trip down memory lane with the WTTW program “Our People” from the late 1960s and early ‘70s brought back memories for one former Chicagoan. Here is his story.

Apr 25, 2021

Covering the Chauvin Trial: The Verdict, Reaction and What Comes Next

After a three-week trial, former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd, a conviction President Joe Biden called “a giant step forward in the march toward justice in America.” We discuss the verdict, the reaction and what comes next with local journalists.