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Combating racism, bias, disparities: Alabama’s new medical association leader wants a voice for the ‘least visible’

When Dr. Aruna Arora became president of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama earlier this year, she didn’t mince words as she gave her acceptance speech before a large crowd of Alabama doctors. She chose phrases that she rarely hears from medical leadership:  “Health disparities.” “Systemic racism.” “Implicit [...]

By |2022-01-05T09:29:59-06:00January 5, 2022|Feature, Health|

How do we fix child care in the South? These 5 advocates have thoughts

Before the pandemic, the South was already a place where child-care workers are paid less, even when wages are adjusted for cost of living, than the national average. Many places in the South, particularly rural areas, don’t have enough child-care slots for the number of eligible children.  This year, Reckon obtained data on child-care program closures in Tennessee, Alabama, [...]

By |2021-12-11T15:22:17-06:00October 25, 2021|Blackness, Education, Health, Justice, Reckon|Women, Story|

A child care crisis worsened in the pandemic. Meet the Southerners working to fix it.

During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nancy Sylvester watched with growing concern as child care centers around her own center in Jackson, Miss. closed their doors – for good. “There was one center that was just down the street, the largest center in this area, which had been [...]

By |2021-12-11T15:22:57-06:00October 13, 2021|Blackness, Economy, Education, Health, Reckon|Women, Story|

The pandemic highlighted flaws in the child-care system. This Alabama advocate offers solutions.

The pandemic highlighted flaws in the child-care system. This Alabama advocate offers solutions.  More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, at least 1.4 million U.S. mothers of school-age children remain jobless after dropping out of the workforce during the pandemic’s early days, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.   Working parents have cited a lack of [...]

By |2021-10-01T11:37:15-05:00September 15, 2021|Education, Story|

Read/Watch/Listen: Mississippi ACLU’s new LGBTQ-justice project leader McKenna Raney

Attorney McKenna Raney-Gray will lead the brand-new LGBTQ Justice Project, a free legal clinic at the ACLU of Mississippi that will offer services to LGBTQ-identifying people on issues including family law, civil rights and employment discrimination.  Raney-Gray shared with Reckon what she’s currently reading, watching and listening to on LGBTQ issues and culture.   [...]

By |2021-09-14T15:35:52-05:00September 1, 2021|Justice, LGBTQ, Story|

Organizers worked for decades to save this historic Black neighborhood in Alabama. It’s finally paying off.

The only suburb built specifically for Black residents in Huntsville, Ala. has a rich history that was in danger of vanishing – until a coalition of grassroots organizations and local leaders worked to preserve it.   “Edmonton Heights was a prominent African-American neighborhood because there were few other places in [...]

By |2021-08-25T12:04:33-05:00August 23, 2021|Race, Story|

‘What most kids need’: How one school community got SMART when its rural hospital closed

The only hospital in rural Pickens County, Ala., closed its doors for good just two weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.  It was March 2020. The west Alabama county sits along the Mississippi state line, its landscape dotted with small towns. When the hospital closed in the county seat of Carrollton (pop. 1,000), Pickens County [...]

By |2021-07-07T10:42:05-05:00June 21, 2021|Economy, Education, Health, Reckon|Women, Story|
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