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Rev. Lonnie Mitchell was flying back from Louisiana where he’d attended his 93-year-old father’s funeral Sunday when he saw the news that John Lewis had died.
The CEO of Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington released a video late last week expressing solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and condemning racism.
Over the course of a year, a Black person in Spokane is over five times more likely to be arrested by Spokane police than a white person, according to a Spokesman-Review analysis of recently released data.
In the wake of protests over police violence and the death of George Floyd last week – and ahead of continued protests planned for Sunday – Kurtis Robinson, president of Spokane’s chapter of the NAACP, and Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl sat down for a one-on-one conversation on Friday with The Spokesman-Review as a fly on the wall.
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich announced the creation of a property crime task force Tuesday afternoon in light of a recent spike in reports he attributed to the COVID-19-related releases of repeat offenders. Advocates say they aren’t to blame for the release process.
For the second time in three weeks, race became the subject of a tense and awkward exchange at a Tuesday night meeting of the Spokane Valley City Council. This time, the exchange was between Mayor Rod Higgins and Spokane NAACP President Kurtis Robinson.
In a recent commentary piece, professor Jeffrey Omari recounted how he felt, as the lone African American in his classroom, when a student showed up one day wearing the ubiquitous apparel of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
Some Spokane leaders say they can still hear Martin Luther King Jr.’s booming voice playing over and over in their minds. They still remember the joy and reverence he shared with them through a TV screen or over the radio; and the fear they felt when he was assassinated.
The Spokane County Board of Commissioners voted this week to remove questions about past criminal convictions from county job applications.
Kurtis Robinson, who formerly chaired the criminal justice committee for the NAACP, will succeed Phil Tyler as president of the NAACP’s Spokane chapter.
Kurtis Robinson was sworn in as president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP on Monday evening, replacing Phil Tyler, who announced his resignation a month ago.