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    Why do so many Black youth go missing? And why we don’t hear about them; Plus: Black History Profiles in Black Excellence: Carter G Woodson

    Why do so many Black youth go missing? And why we don’t hear about them; Plus: Black History Profiles in Black Excellence: Carter G Woodson

    0:08 - Black and Missing in the United States

    Every year in the U.S., thousands of people go missing, children being the most vulnerable among them. According to the FBI's National Crime Information Center [1] database, in 2019 missing children under the age of 18 stood at 398,250. About 40 percent of those children are black, even though black children only make up about 14 percent of all children in the U.S. And media attention for black vs. white missing children is just as disproportionate.

    Natalie Wilson is co-founder of the Black and Missing Foundation [2], a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring awareness to missing persons of color; provide vital resources and tools to missing person's families and friends and to educate the minority community on personal safety.

    0:34 - Black History Month Profiles in Excellence: Carter G Woodson

    Dubbed the Father of Black History Month, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, was an American historian, author and journalist. The son of former slaves, he was one of the first blacks to receive a PhD from Harvard University. In 1926, Woodson started "Negro History Week," an annual observance taking place in February, which officially expanded to "Black History Month" in 1976. Dr. Woodson was the author of over 30 books and is best known for his work The Mis-Education of the Negro, published in 1933. For more about black history month and its founder, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, we speak with Dr. Gregory Carr (@AfricanaCarr [3]) Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies [4] at Howard University. [5]

    [1] https://www.fbi.gov/file-repository/2018-ncic-missing-person-and-unidentified-person-statistics.pdf/view
    [2] https://www.facebook.com/bamfiorg/
    [3] https://twitter.com/AfricanaCarr
    [4] http://www.coas.howard.edu/afroamerican/index.html
    [5] http://www.howard.edu/

    • 3 hr 19 min
    KPFA Fund Drive Special: Maya Angelou live in Oakland; Plus: Oakland playwright and poet Ayodele Nzinga on her new book ‘SorrowLand Oracle’

    KPFA Fund Drive Special: Maya Angelou live in Oakland; Plus: Oakland playwright and poet Ayodele Nzinga on her new book ‘SorrowLand Oracle’

    [caption id="attachment_354225" align="alignright" width="307"] Maya Angelou (Photo: FLICKR [1])[/caption]

    0:08 - Fund Drive Special: Maya Angelou in Oakland

    Maya Angelou was a poet, playwright, and filmmaker, best-known for her memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. She was also an incredible performer. When the recording here was made, she’d just received a Grammy Award for the recording of the poem she read at the presidential inauguration of Bill Clinton. Her son, poet and writer Guy Johnson, told her he wanted to spend his 50th birthday reading poetry with her. So on September 8th, 1995, they took to the Calvin Simmons Theater in Oakland with poet Janice Mirikitani, and KPFA recorded it.

    1:08 - CA Air Resources Board to vote on whether to ban agricultural burning, the cause of massive air pollution in the San Joaquin Valley

    Catherine Garoupa White is executive director of the Central Valley Air Quality Coalition, a group of 70 organizations fighting for clean air for the San Joaquin Valley.

    *We reached out to several growers advocacy groups for comment on the proposal and they declined or did not return requests before airtime. 

    Meeting: The CA Air Resources Board is meeting today, Thursday Feb 25 starting at 9am, and will vote on a proposal to end agricultural burning by 2024 (Agenda item 21-1-6). More info at ww2.arb.ca.gov [2]

    1:20 - KPFA News: The Biden administration last Thursday (February 18) introduced new guidelines for Immigration and Customs enforcement, or ICE to follow in the arrest and detention of immigrants and their deportation. KPFA's Ariel Boone has more what kind of impact that will have. 

    1:34 - Oakland poet Ayodele Nzinga on her new book, and latest developments on the Kaiser Center remodel and fight for space for the arts

    Ayodele Nzinga is a playwright, poet, educator and founder of the Lower Bottom Playaz; she also co-founded Oakland’s Black Arts Movement Business District Community Development Corporation. Her latest book is SorrowLand Oracle. [3] 


    [1] https://www.flickr.com/photos/zennie62/14294619952/in/photostream/
    [2] https://ww2.arb.ca.gov/
    [3] https://www.nomadicpress.org/store/sorrowlandoracle

    • 1 hr 8 min
    In Memory of Lawrence Ferlinghetti: poems, interviews, and more on-air on KPFA; Plus: Fund Drive Special: A People’s Guide to the SF Bay Are

    In Memory of Lawrence Ferlinghetti: poems, interviews, and more on-air on KPFA; Plus: Fund Drive Special: A People’s Guide to the SF Bay Are

    0:08 - In memory of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet, founder of City Lights Books, and icon of the free speech movement, who died yesterday at the age of 101 in San Francisco. Including:

    KPFA recording of Ferlinghetti reading a poem called “Constantly Risking Absurdity.” As part of the collection “A Coney Island of The Mind,” it would go on to sell over a million copies. KPFA recorded this in 1956 - more than a year before that collection was published.
    Excerpts from the audio documentary Lawrence Ferlinghetti: San Francisco Locations. The documentary is structured as a tour of Ferlinghetti’s neighborhood. Here’s the section on City Lights.
    Excerpts from a 1958 panel with Lawrence Ferlinghetti for publishing Allen Ginsburg’s Howl and Other Poems, moderated by KPFA founder Lewis Hill.
    1994 reading of “A Buddha in the Woodpile” during an interview with KPFA”s Jack Foley. The poem is a response to the FBI siege of a religious sect in Waco, Texas, that killed 86 people, including 25 children. 




    Donate today for KPFA’s Legacy of Lawrence Ferlinghetti collection ($100) and support KPFA.

    1:08 - Fund Drive Special: A People's Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area

    Rachel Brahinsky is a Professor at the University of San Francisco in Urban Studies

    Alexander Tarr is an Assistant Professor of Geography at Worcester State University. 

    Their latest book is A People’s Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area. [1] yours for a pledge of $120 to KPFA.  [2]

     

     

    [1] https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520288379/a-peoples-guide-to-the-san-francisco-bay-area
    [2] https://secure.kpfa.org/support/

    • 13 min
    Senate confirmation hearings of Deb Haaland, Xavier Becerra; and Texas’ polar vortex explained; Plus: Family demands justice for killing of Angelo Quinto by Antioch Police while in a mental health crisis

    Senate confirmation hearings of Deb Haaland, Xavier Becerra; and Texas’ polar vortex explained; Plus: Family demands justice for killing of Angelo Quinto by Antioch Police while in a mental health crisis

    0:08 - Senate confirmation hearings: Deb Haaland, Xavier Becerra and Merrick Garland

    John Nichols (@NicholsUprising [1]) is the National Affairs Correspondent for The Nation.

    0:34 - The Texas polar vortex explained

    Eugene Cordero (@eugeneccordero [2]) is a professor in the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science at San Jose State University, and founder of Green Ninja, an education provider that uses climate and environmental topics to teach middle school science.

    [caption id="attachment_354111" align="alignright" width="370"] Justice for Angelo Quinto rally was held Feb 18, 2021 (Photo: KPFA News [3])[/caption]

    1:08 - Family demands justice for killing of Angelo Quinto, 30, by Antioch Police, while in the midst of a mental health crisis

    Cassandra Quinto-Collins is Angelo's mother.

    Isabella Collins is Angelo’s sister.

    John Burris is a civil rights attorney, representing the family.

    1:34 - Oakland’s Reimagining Public Safety Task Force issues draft recommendations

    Nikki Fortunato Bas (@nikki4oakland [4]) is Oakland City Council President and council-member of District 2, and co-chairs the Reimagining Public Safety Task Force. 

    James Burch is the Policy Director of the Anti-Police Terror Project, and President of the National Lawyers Guild SF Bay Area Chapter. He served on the Reimagining Public Safety Task Force as an appointee at-large. 

    Check out the Oakland Reimagining Public Safety draft recommendations here.  [5]

    [1] https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising
    [2] https://twitter.com/eugeneccordero
    [3] https://kpfa.org/episode/the-pacifica-evening-news-weekdays-february-18-2021/
    [4] https://twitter.com/nikki4oakland
    [5] https://cao-94612.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/Oakland-Task-Force-DRAFT-recommendations-2_12_21.pdf

    New data suggests Pfizer vaccine is 85% effective in preventing spread, plus more on the latest COVID research with Dr Swartzberg; Plus: KPFA Fund Drive Special: A Black Women’s History of the United States

    New data suggests Pfizer vaccine is 85% effective in preventing spread, plus more on the latest COVID research with Dr Swartzberg; Plus: KPFA Fund Drive Special: A Black Women’s History of the United States

    0:08 - Mondays with Mitch: the legacy of Rush Limbaugh, status of COVID relief, and more

    Mitch Jeserich hosts Letters and Politics, weekdays at 10AM on KPFA.

    0:34 - John Swartzberg is clinical professor emeritus of infectious diseases at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, and joins us every Monday to talk about the latest COVID research. 

    1:08 - Fund Drive Special: A Black Women's History of the US

    Daina Ramey Berry (@DainaRameyBerry) [1] is the Oliver H. Radkey Regents Professor of History and Associate Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Texas at Austin.

    Kali Nicole Gross (@KaliGrossPhD) [2] is the Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of History at Rutgers University. They’ve just co-authored A Black Women’s History of the United States. [3]

    Yours for a pledge of $100 to KPFA [4], includes the KPFA event audio and the book.

     

    [1] https://twitter.com/DainaRameyBerry
    [2] https://twitter.com/KaliGrossPhD
    [3] https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/567157/a-black-womens-history-of-the-united-states-by-daina-ramey-berry/
    [4] https://secure.kpfa.org/support/

    Can the ‘Justice for Black Farmers Act’ address the history of discrimination? We ask black farmers; Plus: KPFA Special Black History Month Profile in Excellence: Kwame Nkrumah

    Can the ‘Justice for Black Farmers Act’ address the history of discrimination? We ask black farmers; Plus: KPFA Special Black History Month Profile in Excellence: Kwame Nkrumah

    [caption id="attachment_353888" align="alignright" width="230"] Will Scott, Founder and President of African American Farmers of California. (Photo via Facebook [1])[/caption]

    0:08 - Can the Justice for Black Farmers Act of 2020 address the history of discrimination in federal agricultural policy across the US?

    Will Scott is a farmer and President of The African - American Farmers of California [2] based in Fresno, CA. The African - American Farmers have been supplying produce to the Bay Area since 1998 with Mo' Better Food and more recently Farms to Grow farmers market and CSA.

    David Roach is the President of Mo' Better Food, a nonprofit based in the East Bay Area. Mo’ Better Food’s theme is “To feed ourselves into independence.” Mr. Roach connected with the African American Farmers of California in 1998 and has been working ever since to connect their produce to markets in the Bay Area. 

    0:34 - Profiles in Excellence: Kwame Nkrumah

    On the life and legacy of Kwame Nkrumah, Pan-Africanist and the first prime minister and president of Ghana after British colonial rule, with Harry Nii Koney Odamtten, Assistant Professor of African and Atlantic History at Santa Clara University.

    [1] https://www.facebook.com/AAFCalifornia/photos/2132026190238299
    [2] https://www.facebook.com/AAFCalifornia/

    • 3 hr 19 min

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