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Being A White Ally In the Fight For Racial Justice

What does it mean to be a white person who wants a place in the Black Lives Matter movement? Some say it starts by acknowledging you’re white. We talk about how to be what activists call ‘white allies.’


  • Anna Svoboda-Stel is a community organizer and community health worker from Kansas City. Anna has been a core member of the local organization One Struggle KC for almost 2 years, and has recently become involved in Showing Up For Racial Justice KC.
  • Alice Chamberlain is a professional organizer and one of the founding members of SURJ KC.
  • John Tramel is a social worker with experience in the areas of community organizing, community development, mental health, domestic violence, and social justice education and organizing.
Kyle Palmer is KCUR’s morning newscaster. He’s a former teacher, so getting up early is nothing for him. Before moving to the classroom, Kyle earned a Journalism degree from Mizzou and worked as a reporter for Columbia’s NPR affiliate KBIA. He also did play-by-play for the Jefferson City High School football and basketball teams. He earned a national Edward R. Murrow Award for a radio documentary about Missouri’s New Madrid fault (it’s still there, people, and ready to blow!).
In addition to being KCUR's afternoon newscaster, Lisa Rodriguez covers city hall and other news around Kansas City. Follow her on Twitter @larodrig.