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Author, black historian Jerrelene Williamson to receive Spokane award after lifetime of storytelling

A go-to source for reporters and others seeking the pulse of the African American community in Spokane, Jerrelene Williamson will be inducted into the Spokane Citizen Hall of Fame next …


UPDATED: Wed., July 4, 2018, 8:29 p.m.

Carl Maxey Center, a hub for local African-American community, proposed for East Central

A community center devoted to Spokane’s African-American population, and named after Carl Maxey, an icon of the local civil rights movement, has been proposed for the East Central neighborhood.


UPDATED: Sat., April 28, 2018, 7:51 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: The barber, the exchange student and Spokane’s “Haircut Uproar”

On an October day in 1963, Jangaba Johnson walked into a downtown Spokane barbershop, sat down and waited for a haircut. And waited and waited.


James Reilly, who helped Gonzaga University to NCAA boxing title, dies at 88

Perhaps you saw the obituary on Sunday: James Patrick Reilly passed away March 23 at age 88.


Carl Maxey: ‘From black scratch’

Look for a rags-to-riches story in Spokane, and amid all the lions of business and industry, few tales equal that of an illegitimate black orphan who struggled through a resistant, …


KSPS documentary highlights Maxey’s accomplishments

Carl Maxey’s story contains enough material to fill several biographies. It’s impossible to condense his life down to just one accomplishment. He was a medic in the military, a champion …


Book Notes: Aunties’s offers local flavor with lineup of authors

Coming up at Auntie’s in the coming days: a slew of appearances by notable authors with local ties. Kate McLachlan will read from her paperback “Hearts, Dead and Alive” at …


Spotlight: Lake City Playhouse hires Prep director

Lake City Playhouse in Coeur d’Alene has hired a new Playhouse Prep director. Dustin Sorrell, who studied theater at Ball State University in Indiana and is a former children’s theater …


Artist’s show a reminder of civic blooms

Years ago, I attended a tribute at Interplayers for the artist Harold Balazs. Someone uttered a phrase during that tribute that has stuck with me ever since: “He bloomed where …


A leader, a fighter

Note: The following three excerpts are from a newly published biography of Carl Maxey (1924-1997), Spokane’s well-known attorney and civil rights leader, written by Jim Kershner, who is also a …