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Richard Turner Profiled by the University of Iowa: "Soundtrack to a career"

Wednesday, March 9, 2022
The scholarship of an African American religious history professor at the University of Iowa has come full circle with a book that examines the relationship between African American Islam and jazz.

Venise Berry Interviewed by KCRG: "Teaching kids about race under Iowa's new law"

Friday, February 11, 2022
Dr. Venise Berry was interviewed by KCRG, Channel 9 in Cedar Rapids, after speaking to a group of kindergarteners at Nixon Elementary School. In 2021, Iowa passed a law banning teaching certain concepts about race. “It’s very important that we understand that all experience isn’t the same,” Dr. Berry said. “And the only way that we can know how to treat each other is to understand each other’s experience. And to me, that is what teaching race is about.”

Victor Ray Op-Ed on CNN: "The White moderates MLK warned us about"

Saturday, January 15, 2022
"In [Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s letter from Birmingham jail], King differentiated between just and unjust laws, citing measures that prevented Black Americans from voting as a form of legalized injustice.... By blocking voting reform today, Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema are the White moderates Dr. King warned us about."