Archives for racism

WERU News Report 4/15/15

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Engineer: John Greenman

Special presentation of “The 1927 Project”, a presentation about an early 20th-century lynching in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 2013, the project’s creator, writer/historian Stephanie Harp traveled to Arkansas to join descendants and relatives of those connected to the lynching to present historical and personal perspectives on what happened. “The 1927 Project” recreates that community discussion. “The public discussion in Little Rock was the first to include family members of so many major figures in the 1927 events,” Harp said. “The wounds from this lynching are still very raw in Little Rock. We all gain a better understanding of today’s news by looking at its roots in the past.” Harp holds a master’s degree in U.S. history from the University of Maine where the lynching was her research topic, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia. She has published journalism, creative nonfiction and book reviews, and has presented her research and writing in Maine, North Carolina and Arkansas.

Stephanie Harp and Orono High School students Emily Noyes, Tom Boss, Erin Luthin, Elsa Jolliffe Saunders, and Jessie Walker join us in the studio for the presentation and discussion.


WERU Special 1/29/15

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Production assistance: Matt Murphy

Segment 1: Panel discussion called “Young and Black Today”, featuring UMaine student leaders Ronald Robbs, from East Orange, New Jersey, who is an elementary education major and president of the Black Student Union; Muna Abdullahi, from Portland, Maine, who is the director of Multicultural Student Life; Ogechi Ogoke, from Nigeria, who is a chemical engineering major and president of the National Society of Black Engineers; and Izundu Ngwu, from Nigeria, who is treasurer of the International Student Association, recorded at the Peace & Justice Center in Bangor on the eve of MLK Day.

Segment 2: Keynote speech from the annual MLK Day breakfast at UMaine the following day. The event is sponsored by the university and the Greater Bangor Area NAACP. This year’s keynote speakers were Esther Attean and Denise Altvater spoke on the topic of “Truth, Healing and Change: Maine-Wabanaki Reconciliation”.

Wabanaki Windows 10/21/14

Producer/Host: Donna Loring
Engineer: Amy Browne

Issue: Fifty Years of history and injustice for Passamaquoddy Tribe

Program Topic: Passamaquoddy history mid 1960’s

Key Discussion Points:

a) Woodard”s series of 29 chapters of Unsettled in the Portland Press Herald/ Racism in the surrounding community
b) Fairness in law enforcement/emergency services/judicial system
c) Will there ever be justice for this community?

Colin Woodard, award winning writer and journalist for the Portland Press Hareld

Wabanaki Windows 8/19/14

Producer/Host: Donna Loring
Engineer: Amy Browne

Issue: Historical background of the Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement Act/ Manahan letter

Maine Indian Land Claims what was it like back then?

Key Discussion Points:
What was the racial tone at that time?
What was the media saying?
How does this relate to the Manahan editorial?

Sherri Mitchell, esq. Penobscot Nation Tribal Member and Director of the Land Peace Foundation
Maria Girouard, Native Rights and Environmental Activist and Penobscot Nation Tribal Member

Ism Prism 6/7/11

Producer/Host: Val King
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Topic: Racism

Is white resentment the modern manifestation of Racism What is the black card

Guest: Lynette George, Theological Student

Call in show

Ism Prism 10/5/10

Producer/Host: Valentine R. H. King
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Topic: White Privilege

What is white privilege? Does having a black president mean racism is over? Why are people afraid to have the conversation about race?

Guest: Ali Michael, PhD student working on thesis on White Privilege

Outside the Box 2/09/10

Producer/Host: Larry Dansinger

“I’m a racist”

Indigenous Voices 7/15/08

Producer/Host: Rhonda Frey

Topic: “In The Shadow of the Eagle- A Tribal Representative in Maine” (2008, Tilbury House)– a discussion with the author, Donna Loring, Penobscot Representative to the Maine State Legislature.

What is the election process of the Penobscot Tribe?  What legislative bills did you work on?  With regard to the “Offensive Names Bill”,  what difficulties did you face in the state, with the media and public?

Donna Loring also has a blog called “Native Voice” which can be found on the Bangor Daily News website,