Karen Grigsby Bates

Karen Grigsby Bates appears in the following:

From Selma To Eisenhower, Trailblazing Black Reporter Was Always Probing

Friday, March 20, 2015

Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the successful crossing of the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma, Alabama, a key moment in the civil rights movement. Journalist Ethel Payne was there.


Starbucks Takes on Dark, Brewing Racism

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates and Forbes' Barbara Thau discuss Starbucks’ latest campaign to tackle social issues, “Race Together,” an initiative aimed at sparking conversations about race.

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Reverend Willie T. Barrow, A "Little Warrior" For Civil Rights, Dies

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Small in size, tiny Willie T. Barrow had a giant profile in civil rights and Chicago politics. When she talked, people paid attention.


North Carolina Looking Into 'Black Tax' At Charlotte's Ritz-Carlton

Friday, March 13, 2015

The attorney general asks why an event with predominantly African-American attendees was tagged with a surcharge at a luxury hotel.


A Child Of Slavery Who Taught A Generation

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Anna J. Cooper was a remarkable student and, later, a legendary teacher and principal of the first public high school for black students.


Claude Sitton, 'Dean Of The Race Beat,' Dies At 89

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Sitton's reporting from the front lines of the civil rights movement earned him the ire of Southern officials and attention from the Department of Justice.


A 'Black Tax' At Charlotte's Ritz-Carlton?

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Everyone knows people who attend the CIAA basketball tournament have cash to burn. So why did a Charlotte hotel go out of its way to make sure they spent it?


In Hollywood, MLK Delivered A Lesser-Known Speech That Resonates Today

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. visited Los Angeles and spoke to a standing room-only crowd at Temple Israel. The synagogue honors his legacy by replaying the speech once a year.


Struggling Writer's Debut Novel Gets Coveted Oprah Winfrey Nod

Monday, February 23, 2015

Oprah Winfrey has named Ruby, a novel about a beautiful, abused woman in Texas, as her March book club selection. That could make first-time novelist Cynthia Bond into a literary star.


Style Over Substance: How Clothes Can Work For And Against Us

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New York City's first lady has been criticized for her attire at a police officer's funeral, particularly at a time when her husband has been at odds with the NYPD. But should her clothes matter?


2014 Remembrances: Honoring Some Exceptional Lives

Thursday, January 01, 2015

As we begin the new year, NPR's Code Switch takes a moment to look back at some of the extraordinary, influential and interesting people whom we lost in 2014.


For Hollywood, 'Selma' Is A New Kind Of Civil Rights Story

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The film, about a 1965 voting rights march, stands out for its focus on black characters, including some of the movement's lesser-known organizers, and the way it humanizes Martin Luther King Jr.


Demand For Audio Books Keeps Penguin Random House Recording

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Audiobooks as we know them have been around for about 25 years. But the form really took off when MP3 players like the iPod came out.


The Whiteness Project: Facing Race In A Changing America

Sunday, December 21, 2014

A filmmaker invited white residents of Buffalo, N.Y., to speak candidly about race. NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates finds that the results are thought-provoking, often surprising and sometimes disturbing.


Black Fraternities And Sororities Split On Protest Policy

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Members of African-American fraternities and sororities are among the thousands of people who have joined recent demonstrations. But some of those groups discourage displaying official gear.


'The Banh Mi Handbook': A Guide To A Viet-French Sandwich

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Food writer Andrea Nguyen dives into the story of banh mi, a Vietnamese street sandwich with a French colonial past that's been popping up on menus around the country.


A Black Cosmetic Company Sells, Or Sells Out?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Carol's Daughter was started to sell products for black women who wear their hair natural. But ever since L'Oréal bought the brand, folks are wondering if it can maintain the loyalty of its customers.


The Look Of Power: How Women Have Dressed For Success

Monday, October 20, 2014

Just as women were entering the corporate workplace in big numbers, the shapeless power suit emerged. Over time, the "power look" changed. How do women project power in the modern office?


Comer Cottrell, Creator Of The People's Jheri Curl, Dies At 82

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Cottrell died last Friday in Plano, Tex. His do-it-yourself product brought more affordable curly hair to the masses.


'A Chosen Exile': Black People Passing In White America

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

From the time of slavery, some light-skinned African-Americans escaped racism by passing as white. The new book, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, explores what they lost.