Black Mothers | 'Driving While Black' Opera (R) | Aviva Okeson-Haberman Tribute
Black mothers talk about the constant fear they have for their children's safety, we bring back a conversation from 2018 and we remember KCUR reporter
Aviva Okeson-Haberman, who died Sunday.
Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: What it's like to be a Black mother amidst continued law enforcement shootings of unarmed Black men.
As Black men continue to die at the hands of law officers, Black mothers reveal the dread, the worry, and now the anger they live with every day. If either of Mará Williams' sons are late returning home, anxiety immediately sets in. "I’m wondering: Where is that boy? Did he get into a wreck?" she writes in the Kansas City Star.
- Mará Williams, education reporter at the Kansas City Star
- Gwendolyn Grant, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City
Segment 2, beginning at 19:36: Using opera to examine an issue of racial bias in America.
In November 2018, the Lawrence Arts Center explored the racial issues of driving while Black with the premiere of a one-act opera chronicling the struggle of a Black mother as her son begins to drive.
Segment 3, beginning at 39:55: Remembering KCUR reporter Aviva Okeson-Haberman.
KCUR lost one of its best reporters Sunday. At the age of 24, Aviva Okeson-Haberman had already made a name for herself as a thoughtful, aggressive and compassionate reporter. She died after suffering a gunshot wound at her Kansas City apartment. "We are going to miss all of those stories she would have written," Peggy Lowe says.