Race + Diversity

Kevin Robinson and Kesha Hodge Washington
When the two newest members of the Phoenix City Council are sworn in, it’ll mark the first time the body has had two Black members. Kevin Robinson and Kesha Hodge Washington won their run-off elections last week.
Mar. 20, 2023
Gov. Katie Hobbs on Friday forbade all state agencies under her control from discriminating against workers based on their hair texture and style. In signing the executive order on Friday, Hobbs said she wants to make sure that Black state employees as well as workers for companies that contract with the state "will be able to wear their natural hair without fear of discrimination."
Mar. 17, 2023
Arizona Capitol building
Two years after banning the use of public funds for so-called “critical race theory,” a Queen Creek Republican lawmaker is now going after programs that promote diversity, equity and inclusion.
Mar. 13, 2023
Katie Hobbs
Arizona won't be banning what has been called critical race theory in public schools. Gov. Katie Hobbs on Thursday vetoed legislation that its sponsor says would preclude schools from teaching what its prime sponsor called "pushing a destructive and racist ideology" in our schools.
Mar. 9, 2023
employment application
The Republican-majority Arizona Senate passed a measure that would bar state entities from using affirmative action in college admissions and matters of employment.
Mar. 7, 2023
Tempe City Hall
Tempe is changing park and street names with ties to the KKK. Among the moves approved by the City Council this week include renaming Hudson Park to Parque de Soza, and renaming Hudson Lane to Thomas Lane.
Mar. 3, 2023
Arizona Cardinals training facility
Claims of racial discrimination in a lawsuit by a Black football coach against the NFL and the Arizona Cardinals won’t go directly to a jury. A federal judge in New York has sent to arbitration the case brought last April by Steve Wilks.
Mar. 2, 2023
Census information sheet
The Biden Administration is proposing changes to the census form it says would allow for more detailed data about respondents’ racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Mar. 2, 2023
The "Dilbert" comic
For decades, Scott Adams has been poking fun at the business world through his popular comic strip, “Dilbert.” But the laughter came to a screeching halt when the increasingly outspoken cartoonist posted a racist diatribe on YouTube last week.
Feb. 27, 2023
It’s been a little over a month since the African American Museum of Southern Arizona started welcoming visitors at the University of Arizona campus. It’s the first and only African American museum in the state.
Feb. 24, 2023
Arizona Capitol copper dome statue Phoenix
State Sen. Catherine Miranda announced in a press release Monday she will be forming the Legislature’s first-ever Black Caucus. Miranda said the move will give Black Arizonans a voice at the Capitol despite lack of elected representation.
Feb. 22, 2023
Makahiki at Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy
Today, there are more than 1,000 Hawaiian inmates residing in the private Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy. Every year, the Hawaiian inmates observe Makahiki — the Hawaiian New Year festival.
Feb. 22, 2023
aerial view of phoenix
The Great Migration took place during much of the early and mid 20th century and marked one of the largest movements of people in our country’s history as Black Americans moved out the South and into the rest of the country. Adam Mahoney says Black America is experiencing another great migration today.
Feb. 21, 2023
Conversations about representation have been taking place in lots of areas of society, from politics to business to the arts. It’s something Granville Carroll has been thinking a lot about. Carroll is a visual artist and an assistant professor at Arizona State University. He’s developed and is teaching a class called Identity and Representation in Photography.
Feb. 20, 2023
For nearly four decades, The Festival of Japan, better known as the Arizona Matsuri, has celebrated the “Land of the Rising Sun” in many ways. The festival returns in-person this weekend to Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix.
Feb. 18, 2023
State Farm Stadium
The game has renewed protests against the Kansas City team name and mascot. Tribal members from around the country plan on showing up to State Farm Stadium in Glendale to protest.
Feb. 10, 2023
football field
The Arizona Cardinals have yet to announce a new head coach after firing Kliff Kingsbury last month. There have been recent calls for inclusivity and diversity for hiring within the NFL.
Feb. 9, 2023
State Farm Stadium
For the first time in Super Bowl history, both starting quarterbacks will be Black — Patrick Mahomes or Kansas City and Jalen Hurts for Philadelphia. To get a sense of what this means for the world of football and beyond, The Show spoke with Jason Reid, a senior NFL writer at ESPN who covers race in the NFL.
Feb. 9, 2023
The Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra
The Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra has been making people dance across the Phoenix area for 10 years. At 16 members strong, PAO is dedicated to the music that inspired them — and the man who created it, the father of afrobeat, Fela Kuti.
Feb. 3, 2023
Kenichi Zenimura
A new exhibit at the Arizona Heritage Center in Tempe explores “America’s Pastime” through the lens of World War 2 Japanese internment camps in the U.S. — two of which were in Arizona.
Jan. 31, 2023


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