Racial Justice and Equality
This series addresses a multiplicity of issues centered on race and history in Kentucky and America. Invited guests discuss a range of social, political, economic, and cultural topics and themes which shape the racial discussions in our society. The purpose of the series is to provide information as well as stimulate conversations about the nation's ongoing racial awakening.
The series is hosted by University of Kentucky professor Gerald Smith. Dr. Smith’s focuses include African American history, Race and Sports, Black Freedom Struggle, African American Education and Kentucky African American history. He is co-chair of Lexington’s Commission for Racial Justice and Equality, and co-editor of the award winning Kentucky African American Encyclopedia.
September 24, 2020 - “We must make America what America says it is.” In conversation with Dr. William H. Turner - LISTEN
November 19, 2020 - "When I think of 'Black Lives Matter' it's historical, it's entrenched in the very fabric of America." In conversation with Dr. Sandra Weissinger - LISTEN
January 7, 2021 - "I think you can appreciate my desire for us to record our own history rather than to leave it to someone else to interpret." In conversation with the Lexington Urban League's PG Peeples. LISTEN
February 11, 2021 - Conversation with Dr. Dwayne Mack, Berea College VP for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Professor of History. LISTEN
March 25, 2021 - Dr. Smith's guest is Kenneth Goings, Professor Emeritus, 19th- and 20th-Century African American History, Ohio State University. They discuss Dr. Goings book about racist collectibles such as Mammy and Uncle Mose salt and pepper shakers, Aunt Jemima cookie jars and Sambo napkins and how this memorabilia has influenced racial attitudes in America since reconstruction. LISTEN
May 27, 2021 - State Senator Reginald Thomas is Dr. Smith's guest, discussing race relations in Lexington, circa 2021. LISTEN
June 17, 2021 - State Senator Gerald Neal offers a perspective on how the most recent session of the state legislature performed on issues of social and criminal justice. LISTEN
August 16, 2021 - Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig, dean, UK College of Education on Critical Race Theory - LISTEN
September 16, 2021 - Sociologist and author William H. Turner discusses his book "Harlan Renaissance: Stories of Black Life in Appalachian Coal Towns." LISTEN
October 14, 2021 - Bryan Station High School graduate Janisha Watts on becoming Senior Editor on the special projects team at The Atlantic magazine. LISTEN
December 16, 2021 - Former Cats coach Tubby Smith praises emerging young Black leadership. LISTEN
January 13, 2022 - As Martin Luther King Day approaches, a conversation with one who knew him well: civil rights activist and organizer, scholar and minister, Bernard Lafayette. Dr. Lafayette is co-author with Kathryn Lee Johnson of In Peace and Freedom: My Journey in Selma (Civil Rights and the Struggle for Black Equality in the Twentieth Century) LISTEN