RadioACTive: January 14, 2019

  • January 14, 2019
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Shining the #BlackLight on Delta Sigma Theta and Alpha Kappa Alpha history in Utah. Marades, rallies and service opportunities for Martin Luther King Day

Tonight's lineup:

Details on a variety of celebrations for Martin Luther King Day, featuring:

  • Dr. Kathleen Christy, MLK Week Committee at the University of Utah
  • Frances Battle, principal, Nibley Park Elementary
  • Dr. Marco Barker, Associate Vice President for DEI and Chief Diversity Officer, Westminster College
    Westminster College
  • Dr. Roderic Land, Special Assistant to the President for Equity & Diversity, Salt Lake Community College

Panel discussion on African-American sorority life in Utah, featuring members of Delta Sigma Theta and Alpha Kappa Alpha:

  • Bridgette Baker, Acting President/VP, DST
  • Kathleen Christy, DST
  • Bobbie Kirby, DST
  • Camilla Blossom, DST
  • Emma Houston, AKA
  • Frances Battle, AKA


Upcoming events related to tonight's show:

January 19:

  • Founders Day Brunch Celebration: Valuing the Black Woman's Experience, 12:30-2:20 p.m. at The Crimson View Room, Dr. 200 Central Campus Drive, SLC. Click here for tickets. The Greater Salt Lake City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated (GSLA Utah DST) invites you to its Founders Day Brunch Celebration, honoring the 22 collegiate women who began the illustrious organization 106 years ago. This brunch is also designed to highlight the Black woman's perspective in our community and the impactful experiences she brings to the table.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Saturday Service Project, 8:30a-12:00p, 11 different service projects are available for you to choose from at locations across the Salt Lake valley. Choose the one that interests you and help build a stronger community. Register at

January 21: 

  • MLK Freedom Breakfast, March, and Service, 8:30a-1:30p at the Marshall White Center, 222 29th St., Ogden. FREE and open to the public, this is a family-friendly event and will have a children’s area for the breakfast portion. The goal of the Freedom Breakfast and March is to reflect the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and give thought as to how we as a community are continuing his legacy. This year's march will be dedicated #UNITY.
  • MLK rally and march, 9:00-10:30 a.m. at Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 E., SLC. The rally and march is a gathering on the campus of Westminster that will highlight the importance of promoting social justice and unity in America and abroad and will feature personal reflections and a march through the Sugarhouse community.
  • The NAACP Salt Lake Branch 35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial Luncheon at Little America Hotel, 500 S. Main St., SLC. Reception at 11:00 a.m.; luncheon at noon. Keynote speaker: Cedric M. Powell, Professor, Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville. Professor Powell has written over a broad range of topics including affirmative action and Critical Race Theory, the First Amendment and hate speech, and the Fourteenth Amendment and structural inequality. Powell’s scholarship critiques neutrality as a means of preserving structural inequality, and advances theories of substantive equality which reject colorblindness and post-racialism as normative principles in constitutional analysis.
  • 11th Annual MLK Rally & March, 2:00-4:00 p.m. With Dr. King’s footsteps forging the pathway towards equity, march to commemorate his legacy and the work of many activists during the Civil Rights movement. The event starts at East High with speakers, then a march to Kingsbury Hall, celebrating the legacy of MLK. Bring signs to carry during the march to bring attention to the issues that matter to you! For ADA accommodations, contact Estela Hernandez at (801)587-3342.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Discovery Gateway Children's Museum, included with admission or FREE for members. In partnership with the Greater Salt Lake Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Discovery Gateway honors and celebrates civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other human rights heroes with hands-on activities that teach the importance of acceptance, understanding, and compassion. 

January 23:

  • MLK Week Keynote Address: Charlene Carruthers, 12:00 p.m., U of U Union Ballroom. Charlene A. Carruthers is a Black, queer feminist community organizer and writer with over 10 years of experience in racial justice, feminist and youth leadership development movement work. Her work has been covered in several publications, and she is recognized as one of the top 10 most influential African Americans by The Root 100, one of Ebony Magazine's "Woke 100," an Emerging Power Player in Chicago Magazine and is the 2017 recipient of the YWCA's Dr. Dorothy I. Height Award.
  • The University of Utah’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Leadership Awards, 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Cleone Peterson Eccles Alumni House. This annual event honors students (grades 7-12) throughout the State of Utah who demonstrate dedication to leadership in their communities and daily activities.

January 24: 

  • Pizza & Politics: The Power of a Ballot, 12:00-1:00 p.m. at Gardner Commons 2055. Hosted by Office for Equity and Diversity, University of Utah and The University of Utah. The power of the vote is one of the many tools that communities employ for social change. But when it comes to marginalized communities, access to a ballot has been one of the most historical obstacles to the power that a vote can yield. In certain areas around the nation, calculated tactics are used to keep particular communities from voting and influencing the political climate. “The Power of a Ballot” is a conversation that will explore how communities are forced to relinquish their power to vote by being kept out of the voting booths. Panelist will also discuss the many ways that individuals can engage in civic duties and combat injustices.

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RadioACTive is a production of Listeners' Community Radio of Utah. Tonight's team included:

  • Exec. Producer/Host: Lara Jones
  • Assoc. Producer: Palmer
  • Community Co-Host:  Dr. Tamara Stevenson
  • Volunteer: Tommy Sutter