African American

Students practiced live tweeting during the keynote address by the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson at the U on Jan. 24, 2013.

Students practiced live tweeting during the keynote address by the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson at the U on Jan. 24, 2013. Back row, from left: Lorien Harker, Renee Estrada, Alysha Nemeschy, Alexa Wells. Front row, from left: Danealle Plascencia, Christie Taylor, Trevor Rapp.

Journalism students covered Salt Lake City’s African American community during spring semester 2013.

Their reporting coincided with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the campus visit of the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Student-journalists were: Talon Chappell; Renee Estrada; Lorien Harker; Alysha Nemeschy; Danealle Plascencia; Trevor Rapp; Gustabo Rodriguez; Christie Taylor; and Alexa Wells.

They reported on a variety of topics, businesses, people and issues in the community, including: the Mahider Ethiopian Restaurant and Market in Salt Lake City; transracial adoptions; Thelina Smith, the reigning Miss Black Utah USA; and overcoming racial restrictions in the Mormon Church.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson used call-and-response to inspire the audience. "I am ... somebody," the crowd yelled.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson used call-and-response to inspire the audience. “I am … somebody,” the crowd yelled.

Find links to their stories and read their blogs and bios by clicking on a name above, or by selecting Blogs & Bios from the drop-down box, at left. Stories also can be located by clicking on a Tag or selecting a topic such as Education from the Categories box.

Multimedia storytelling  (best viewed in Firefox, full-screen mode, and use the slideshow controls, rather than the green buttons that appear on the screen):

  • Asante Dance and Drum offers classes for children who may not have other opportunities to interact with people who look like them. See the children in action.
  • Visit KUDU gift shop in Salt Lake City, which features handmade items such as baskets, masks and clothes.
  • Visit Kenya with three women who volunteered for CHOICE Humanitarian.
  • Explore the Student Involvement Wing and the Center for Equity and Student Affairs and the Office for Equity and Diversity.
  • Visit the Veteran Support Center on the University of Utah campus.