Conversations to educate, engage and inspire change.
About the series:
Toward Racial Justice is a biweekly series of virtual community conversations addressing systemic racism and injustice in Central Pennsylvania and beyond. Series moderator is Charles Ellison, executive producer & host of “Reality Check” on WURD in Philadelphia — the only Black-owned talk radio station in Pennsylvania.
You are encouraged to submit questions and share personal experiences at email@example.com or by using #RacialJusticePA on your preferred social media platform.
Up next: March 18
Join us as we explore the dynamics within multiracial families. We‘ll also look at the differences that multiracial families experience with self-esteem and how having multiple ethnic backgrounds can impact self-identity.
PBS American Portrait is an ongoing, evolving initiative that asks you, and people all over the country, to submit your individual stories by responding to one of a number of thought-provoking prompts. Whether it’s joy or sorrow, triumph or hardship, family traditions you’ve followed for decades or just the chaos of the morning school run, we want to put together a picture of life as it’s really lived today.
Toward Racial Justice: COVID-19, Trust and Vaccines explores some of the racial disparities within the COVID-19 pandemic. We also look at the hesitancy regarding vaccines. (Broadcast live on Feb. 18)
Panelists: Rev. Dr. Brenda Alton Dr. Marilyn Corder Dr. Eugene Curley Anika Jackson Dr. Mary E. Kelleher Dr. Ivan Walks
Toward Racial Justice: A Look Ahead looks back at highlights from the past year with several of the series’ community co-organizers. Plus we explore current issues surrounding policing and policy. (Broadcast live on Feb. 4)
Panelists: Sharia Benn Jonathan Feinberg Stephanie Jirard Representative Joanna McClinton Mark Rhodes
Toward Racial Justice: Celebrating Black and Latino Arts showcases the work of Black and Latino artists in Central Pennsylvania and provide them a space to share their story. (Broadcast live on Dec. 17)
Artists and panelists: Ophelia M. Chambliss Shelly Lipscomb Echeverria Daniel Egusquiza Lyeneal Griffin Christyn Seay Maria James Thiaw Reina Wooden With a special performance by Croix Ellison
With a backdrop of national protests, a surging pandemic and questions surrounding mail-in ballots, Toward Racial Justice unpacks Election 2020: One Month Later. (Broadcast live on Dec. 3)
Panelists: Aerion Abney Kendelle Durkson Stefan Hankin Armenta Early Hinton Megan Ruoro
When it comes to health, Black and Latino populations experience significant disparities. Toward Racial Justice: A Conversation on Health Disparities examines the importance of addressing health disparities and the work being done to close the gaps. (Broadcast live on Nov. 19)
Panelists: Dr. Sharee Livingston Dr. Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, PhD Dr. Oralia G. Dominic Jenny Englerth
Toward Racial Justice: A Conversation on How to be an Ally examines what it means to be an ally and why it is so important for all of us to work together in the fight against racism. (Broadcast live on Nov. 5)
Panelists: Aurora Archer Kelly Croce Sorg Amanda Kemp Tsedale M. Melaku
Toward Racial Justice: A Conversation on Policing & Safety examines racial bias in policing, the public’s view of the police and the movement to defund law enforcement. (Broadcast live on Oct. 22)
Panelists: Jamiel L. Alexander Detective Sergeant Ramon Caraballo Commissioner Thomas Carter Byron & Stephanie Lewis Capt. Sonia Pruitt
Toward Racial Justice: A Conversation on Race & Identity in the Media explores role that news organizations play in covering people of color and the direct impact it can have on stereotypes, cultural perceptions and society as a whole. (Broadcast live on Oct. 8)
Panelists: Sandra Clark Marquise Davon Richards David Stamps Torraine Walker
Toward Racial Justice: A Conversation on Race, Elections & Voting explores the reasons why people of color’s representation in elections matter. (Broadcast live on Sept. 24)
Panelists: Kendelle Durkson Veronica Ruiz Shelice Stewart Justin Walton Ralph Rodriguez Mikell Simpson Jonathan Tinoco
Youth of color are more likely to end up in the juvenile justice system. Toward Racial Justice: A Conversation on Race & Juvenile Justice explores the reasons behind that fact. (Broadcast live on Sept. 10)
Panelists: Steve Bishop Robert Saleem Holbrook Tiffany Sizemore Lenore Wyant
Toward Racial Justice: A Conversation on Environmental Justice examines why it is important everyone has equal access the knowledge and decision-making process to have a healthy environment. (Broadcast live on Aug. 27)
Panelists: State Rep. Chris Rabb Darral Addison Dr. Reginald Archer Brandi Colander Tommy Joshua Megan Ruoro
People of color are regularly undercounted in the census. Toward Racial Justice: A Conversation on the Census & Race explores the ways this survey directly impacts our community. (Broadcast live on Aug. 13)
Panelists: Leonard S. Brown Norman Bristol Colon Kimberly Corbin George Fernandez Lunden McClain
Toward Racial Justice: A Conversation on Race & Housing explores discriminatory practices in real estate market, the public housing system, access to home ownership and the impacts of gentrification. (Broadcast live on July 30)
Panelists: Beck Joyner Sharee D. McFadden Angela McIver
Toward Racial Justice: A Conversation on Racial Inequality in Education explores the racial disparities in our education system and steps we can take to address the issue. (Broadcast live on July 16)
Panelists: Dr. Nikole Hollins-Sims Stephen Sharp Casey Stokes-Rodriguez, LSW Peter Groff
Toward Racial Justice: A Conversation on Racial Trauma & Mental Health explores the links between racism and mental health. (Broadcast live on July 2)
Panelists: Alphonso Nathan, LPC Dr. Ericka Pinckney, NCC, LPC Kelsey Benn Dr. Altha J. Stewart
Toward Racial Justice: A Conversation on Systemic Racism is the first in WITF’s Toward Racial Justice series of community conversations. (Broadcast live on June 18)
Panelists: Armenta Hinton, Ph.D. Jamiel L. Alexander Dr. Monea Abdul-Majeed Sam Gerlach
Jankail Adams — Parent Liaison for the PA State GEAR UP-3 program, Harrisburg School District
Sharia Benn — President & Executive Artistic Director of Sankofa African American Theatre Company
Corey Dupree — Chief Operating Officer at The Bridge: Eco Village in Harrisburg
Stephanie A. Jirard — Chief Diversity Officer & Professor of Criminal Justice at Shippensburg University
Mark Rhodes — Diversity Educator and Strategist, Owner of Key Learning Consultants and a Commissioner with the City of York Human Relations Commission
Delma Rivera-Lytle — Diversity Education Specialist at Central York School District
Major Kristal M. Turner-Childs — Director, Bureau of Forensic Services, Pennsylvania State Police & WITF Board Member
A Time to Act!
In April 1968, WITF produced four half-hour documentaries about life in Harrisburg’s “ghetto” and hosted town halls around Central Pennsylvania to continue the discussion. After decades in our programming vault, these videos are now available for viewing online.