How to Build Trust in a Pandemic

How to Build Trust in a Pandemic

A Team of ‘Community Influencers’ Gave Vital Coronavirus Information to Black and Hispanic Communities BENTON HARBOR, Mich.—Early in the coronavirus pandemic, it was becoming clear that African Americans and other minorities were far more vulnerable to the virus in...
The Coronavirus — and a Bit of Levity, Too

The Coronavirus — and a Bit of Levity, Too

‘Community Influencer’ Ronnika (R.J.) Williams Works Out a Formula of Engagement with Her Facebook Audience BENTON HARBOR, Mich.— Sometimes you can serve up a serious message with a side order of humor. If you do it right, it makes for easier digestion. Ronnika (R.J.)...
His ‘Boil-Over’ Point

His ‘Boil-Over’ Point

  The George Floyd Killing Provokes a Torrent of Thoughts about Racism in America from a 62-year-old Black Man  BENTON HARBOR, Mich.— My friend James “Terry” Stokes called me up the other day. It had been a few weeks since we’d connected. We talked briefly about...
Terry Stokes, in Short Takes

Terry Stokes, in Short Takes

Terry Stokes in his apartment in Benton Harbor, Mich.   Wide-Ranging Thoughts on Racism, American-Style An hour-and-a-half interview with Terry Stokes unleashed a torrent of thoughts on why white people act the way they do, and how he and other Black people have...