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Black Mothers | 'Driving While Black' Opera (R) | Aviva Okeson-Haberman Tribute

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.

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.

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Steve Kraske is an associate teaching professor of journalism at UMKC, a political columnist for The Kansas City Star and has hosted "Up to Date" since 2002. He worked as the full-time political correspondent for The Star from 1994-2013 covering national, state and local campaigns. He also has covered the statehouses in Topeka and Jefferson City.
Zach Wilson
Danette (Danie) Alexander first came to KCUR in 2007 as an intern for Up to Date after completing her B.A. in Communications at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. After her KCUR internship was completed, Danie continued to spend her mornings assisting senior producer Stephen Steigman as a volunteer with the show. Her radio experience also includes stints with public radio's New Letters on the Air as a broadcast engineer and on local public radio as host of a weekly overnight call-in show.