Gov. Spencer Cox and First Lady Abby Cox present an MLK Art and Essay award

Students Showcase Artistic Reflections from MLK’s Legacy

By Reneé Leta // Photographs by Maegan Castleton Members of the Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission honored nine Utah students for their artistic entries in an art and essay contest to honoring Dr. King’s principles of nonviolence.  The commission, a program of the Division of Multicultural Affairs, launched the contest for Utah students in 7th, 8th, and 9th grades. …

Brynn Patterson, of Viewmont High School, reciting her award-winning poem at the 2023 Poetry Out Loud state finals.

Eat Less

By Brynn PattersonEvery year in a health or gym class I have been asked to count the calories I eat in a day andplan out how I am going to burn them.Every year I write an essay titled “Eating Disorders” Instead.I have been told how much I should or should not eat my entire life.All based on how fat or …

Kellen Hunnicutt, of West High School, reciting his winning poem at the 2023 Poetry Out Loud competition.

Counterfeit

By Kellen Hunnicutt Mother Earth has been replaced and I pray for a Second Coming.  I thought I smelled Rain this morning, but it was just my Febreze. I licked the air and savored thetaste of a new god. I thought I was cold this morning, I thought I felt Snow singing with theBreeze, embraced in Heaven and endless light, cooled and condensed into what …

Todd Compton on “A Frontier Life: Jacob Hamblin, Explorer and Indian Missionary” (published 2013)

Date: February 3, 2023 (Season 5, Episode 8: 62 minutes long). Click here for the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. Are you interested in other episodes of Speak Your Piece? Click here. The episode was co-produced by Brad Westwood and Chelsey Zamir, with sound engineering and post-production editing by Jason T. Powers, from the Utah State Library …

Aeva Dye-DelToro, of St. George, is the 2023 Utah Poetry Out Loud state champion.

On Winning: What Poetry Teaches Us

By Renée Leta || Photography by Samuel Jake Aeva Dye-DelToro, of St. George, was named 2023’s Utah Poetry Out Loud champion in the annual recitation competition sponsored by Utah Division of Arts & Museums. On May 9, Aeva will compete in the national semi-finals of the arts competition in Washington D.C. Poetry Out Loud contests emphasize reading, writing, public speaking …

Growing Up Latinx in Utah: A Conversation with Lee Martinez and Maria Garciaz

Date: February 6, 2023 (Season 5, Episode 9: 40 minutes long). Click here for the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. Are you interested in other episodes of Speak Your Piece? Click here. The episode was co-produced by Brad Westwood and Chelsey Zamir, with sound engineering and post-production editing by Jason T. Powers, from the Utah State Library …

“Intermountain Histories,” the Podcast “Writing Westward” and More: A Conversation with Brenden Rensink (Parts 1 & 2 Reissued)

Date: January 13, 2020 (Season 1, Episode 9 — Part 1: 26 min. and 39 sec. long and Part 2: 23 minutes long). Click here for Part 1 and click here for Part 2 of the BuzzSprout versions of these “Speak Your Piece” episodes. Are you interested in other episodes of “Speak Your Piece”? Click here. The above image is …

Rick Turley and Barbara Jones Brown on “Vengeance is Mine: The Mountain Meadows Massacre and Its Aftermath” (2023)

Date: January 31, 2023 (Season 5, Episode 7: 75 minutes long). Click here for the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. Are you interested in other episodes of Speak Your Piece? Click here. The episode was co-produced by Brad Westwood and Chelsey Zamir, with sound engineering and post-production editing by Jason T. Powers, from the Utah State Library …

Murals of Four Remarkable Black Women in Utah’s History, Installed in SLC’s Richmond Park by Sema Hadithi & Better Days

Date: July 7, 2022 (Season 4, Episode 15: 63 min. & 52 sec. long). Click Here for the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. The above photo is of Ava Isom and Dr. Jackie Thompson, as they pose for photos at the unveiling ceremony for the mural featuring the four Black women who lived and worked in Utah …

African Americans and Salt Lake City’s West Side: Part Two

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post Twenty-fiveBy Brad Westwood and Cassandra Clark The above photo was taken in 1944 by Chinese American newspaper photographer Ray King, from the Salt Lake Tribune in Salt Lake City’s segregated USO Club for Black or African Americans. This post was updated and expanded in early September 2022 and in February 2023. African Americans contributed …

Paul Reeve on the “Century of Black Mormons” Project (Part 1 & 2, Reissued)

Date: November 25, 2019 (Season 1, Episode 3 – Part 1: 23 min. & 44 seconds and Part 2: 21 min. & 23 seconds). Click here for Part 1 and Click here for Part 2 of the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. Are you interested in other episodes of Speak Your Piece? Click Here. The above image …

“The Elephant in the Room”: Utah Politics 1890s-1970s with Rod Decker (Part 1 & 2 Reissued)

Date: December 16, 2019 (Season 1, Episode 6 – Part 1: 30 min. & 0 sec. long and Part 2: 17 min. & 26 sec. long). Click here for Part 1 and Click here for Part 2 of the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. The above cropped photograph is of the 1966 Utah’s Republican Party Convention at …