A highlight from Shani M. King (Ep. 17, 2021)

In Black America


From the university of texas at austin k. Ut radio this is in black. America like i said i have too strong professional interests. The one of being a lawyer and the other is being an advocate. And i've always with through my entire life john. I've searched for the best way to advocate for children. And some so. I've done many different things right and i've done. I've been a sort of work to the school for kids with behavioral problems. I've been to. I've written larvae your article which you know basically no one except my mother reads right. I've and so so. I think what what sparked this was honestly. You know we're living in a time. In which i think you know. The the political climate just isn't reflective. I think is reflective of a society. That doesn't really reflect. I think a lot of kids of color are black. Kids are and so. So you know this was I realized this. And i wrote sort of a love letter of sorts to my children and i posted it on facebook. Jani king at the university of florida where he directed the center on children and families and associate director of the center on race and race relations and author of. I told you black lives. Matter published by chill berry out published one would think by the title of his book. It will be about the lives of african americans matter as much as anyone else instead of the current state of violence against people. Call it if you stop this and you will be wrong. This book is about the store or achievement of african americans in his book. King has provided a mac stoorikhel contemporary context for honoring the fortitude of african american role models men and women who have achieved greatness despite the grinding political and social constraints on african american life. Also the book opens one hundred doors lives and thinking that on included in many history books. I'm john hanson junior and. Welcome to another edition in black america on this week's program. Have i told you. Black lives matter with shiny king. Esquire imblack america. The book was meant john as an uplifting introduction black excellence in every field an endeavor and there's no way obviously that i could have included all of the black lives who deserve to shine in a book like this and the list right is infinite in ever changing right. Amanda gourmet right. We just learned about her right. She could be in the book right. And so my goal really was to create a collective power in the breadth and richness of their contributions into show how these marvelous unique through history were created from one hundred sixteen different starting points. And i think it's important to point out john that i am. I indebted right to scholars and friends. Who helped move the life sketches and to the writers and researchers too many to name who have recorded and proclaimed these accomplishments and aspirations of black people for quite a long time. If you have children you explain to them. The protest for racial justice this past summer and over the past few years how black lives matter became a movement and a rallying cry a message of optimism and hope and a simple statement of where. Jani king and illustrative bobby. Martin has made that task a little in the book. Have i told you black lives matter. Reveal just how much african american voices have shade american history over the centuries the profiling of one hundred and sixteen important figures across science medicine art literature. Politics law general newsom sports entertainment and music presents a rich sample of african americans that have shaped the arc of culture and history. Like many children's book it uses repetitive language. As a framework recently and black america spoke with king regarding this amazing book. John thank you so much for having me was a you know. It's a pleasure to chat with you a lot of respect for you and what you do and You know i. I know you're extremely busy. So just thank you for giving me some time to talk about the books. No you've done all the heavy lifting. I'm going going along. Give audience a little history. Said were you born and raised sure so i was born and raised in brookline massachusetts So i lived there. You know just basically spent my you know almost my entire childhood there. I mean if you're familiar. Anyone who's familiar with boston right. It's it's It's pretty close to fenway park on the corner of babcock street and commonwealth avenue Right by a pizza place named anthony. Red sox fan And i hope all your listeners are two otherwise there obviously rooting for the wrong. Baseball team. so after that I I went to brown university in providence rhode island and then after college i worked for a school in jamaica plain for kids that had got kicked out of the boston public school system. It was called. I worked there was called the compass school and after that i went to law school at harvard and cambridge not too far from where i grew up after that i spent a year in the dominican republic doing a study on an educational law. That hasn't been passed there to try and figure out whether it was successful in expanding opera educational opportunity for rural girls. After that i worked in private practice for about four years doing white collar criminal defense insecurities litigation after that i was a children's lawyer representing only children In various kinds of proceedings including immigration dependency guardianship proceedings and then Then after i moved with my now life to gainesville florida and started as a professor at the university of florida and I happen to be in sao paulo. Brazil the trailing spouse to my wife Whose job center here. And i'm here with my wife and my kids and my mother in law and my dog and my two cats what sparked that initial interest in law. You know that's a that's a that's a. That's a great question. I think you know i have to. I have to strong. I've always had too strong interests right and one interest Was advocating on behalf of children. And i'm not exactly sure who knows where your sit of career desires ever come from right. It's why we have to be so attentive to kids but So i think that may have come from my mother who's a social worker in terms of the interest in law. you know. I think that came from a couple of different places. Honestly i think number one. It came from television. It just looked like a cool thing to do. And i think also i had a teacher In in high school. Who asked me. If i wanted to be part of what was then the law track or law major and i ultimately said no but just her showing confidence in me and believing in me and thinking that i could be a lawyer. I think that was really what sparked my interest in addition to the lawyers looking like pretty cool cats on television. Any brothers and sisters. You know. I have

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