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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.”
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.
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.
‘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.
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.