RadioACTive 01.11.22

  • January 11, 2022
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Risshan Leak talked about the history of rock ‘n’ roll against current events with Theresa Martinez, whose Sociology of Rock-and-Roll class started this week at the University of Utah. Dispatch from Uzbekistan with Tamrika Khvtisiashvili. And MLK Day events to consider.

Tonight's show featured the following people, organizations and/or events. Check them out and get plugged into your community! 

MLK Day of Service opportunities: Visit our Rallies & Resources page for more, but here are the ones talked about on the show tonight:

  • Jan. 13-Feb. 9: Westminster College - MLK Celebration. "Each January, Westminster holds a week of events celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy that provides opportunities to connect and have conversations about diversity, community, and engagement. From a march and rally on Jan. 13 to the Bastian Diversity Lecture: The Unknown Realities of a Community Activist on February 9th." Click here for the full slate of planned activities.

  • Jan. 15-21: University of Utah Becoming the Beloved Community. "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of the 'beloved community' as a nonviolent, just society where love and trust triumph over fear and hatred. In a year that has been filled with division, the 2022 MLK Week planning committee chose “Becoming the Beloved Community” as this year’s theme so we may explore ways to bridge the divide and work together to become the beloved community. Events and conversations throughout the week will honor Dr. King’s vision, offer direction, and challenge us to determine a better way forward. All are welcome to get involved and participate." Click here for the full slate of planned activities. 

  • Jan. 15: UoU MLK Saturday Service Project, 9a-12:30p. Event by the UofU's Bennion Center. Registration is now open. For a list of project options — on/off-campus and self-directed — click here

  • Jan. 18: UoU's Becoming the Beloved Community, A Conversation about Alberta Henry and Black Life in Salt Lake City, 12:00-1:00 p.m. on Facebook Live. "For more than fifty years, a woman by the name of Alberta Henry – devoted civil rights activist, educator, and community leader in Salt Lake City – carried the torch for hope, compassion, and change. She embedded herself in the public school system, served as longtime President of the NAACP, and led the charge for equality through her religious community. Moderated by librarian Allyson Mower. Panelists: France Davis, Pastor Emeritus of Calvary Baptist Church, civil rights and community leader; Frances Battle, Principal of Nibley Park Elementary School; Shauna Graves-Robertson, Judge on the Salt Lake County Justice Court; Kathleen Christy, Retired Assistant Superintendent for Equity and Advocacy in the Salt Lake City School District; and Jeanetta Williams, President of the NAACP Salt Lake Branch. " SAVE THE FACEBOOK EVENT

  • Jan. 19: Reframing the Conversation: 2045: Towards a More Diverse Future, 12:00-1:00 p.m. "2045 is set to bring a huge demographic shift for the United States. By the time today’s teenagers hit their 30s, there will be more people of color than people who identify as White, more old people than children, and more people practicing Islam than Judaism. The effect of this demographic shift is already appearing now, but how are we as a country preparing for a more diverse future of America? In 2045, we are striving for a beloved community, a community that is not a lofty utopian goal but realistic, achievable, and mutual. What are we doing today to shape and make room for a more diverse and beloved community tomorrow? Reframing the Conversation is a monthly hybrid series. Attendees can join in person at the Hinckley Caucus Room (GC 2018) or virtually on the Reframing the Conversation webpage. More details to come."

Dispatch from Uzbekistan #2, with Tamrika Khvtisiashvili. Passing the microphone overseas, Tamrika gets her new neighbors, students and friends to ask questions about America. Risshan and Lara try their best to answer them.

Risshan spoke one-on-one with Professor Theresa Martinez of the University of Utah where she’s an associate professor of sociology. For listeners of RadioACtive, you’ll recognize her as the professor of rock-n-roll. She also teaches and conducts research on issues of race, class and gender, deviant behavior, juvenile delinquency, and popular culture. Every spring and this year is no different, she teaches undergrads about race and class through the loudspeaker that is rock and roll. And class started this week! 

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Views, thoughts or opinions shared by guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of the board, staff or members of Listeners' Community Radio of Utah, KRCL 90.9fm. Tonight's show was produced and hosted by Lara Jones and Community Co-Host Risshan Leak.