Kelly Jackson

Kelly Jackson

Black teenagers representing different high schools will share their stories and perspectives during a February online program on KSDK called “RACE: Listen. Learn. Live: Teenagers.

The show is part of a series produced by 5 On Your Side that gives a voice to community members. It will be hosted by 5 On Your Side anchor Kelly Jackson, who asks teenagers to share a time when they experienced racism and how it affected them.

The students, who will also discuss their inspirations and hopes for the future, include:

• Mary Akakpo-Lado, senior at Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School

• Jeremy Avan, senior at East St. Louis Senior High

• Ariel Eastwood, senior at Parkway North High School

 • Indya Griffin, senior at Parkway Central High School

• Zoey Hall, senior at Clayton High School

• Zion Murphy, senior at Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School

• Kameron Turner, senior at Lindbergh High School

• Kyle Williams, senior at Ritenour High school

 “I was excited to hear the perspective of our younger generation,” said Jackson.

“Our panelists include a group of teens who come from diverse backgrounds from several different school districts in our community. One of the biggest things they all have in common is their drive to enhance the community they live in and share their own experiences and the challenges they’ve faced.” 

This newest RACE: Listen. Learn. Live. special is the fourth to be produced since 2020 by executive producer Sonya Potter. The series has been honored with several awards, including a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award, a 2022 Gracie Award, and it is a finalist for 2023 duPont-Columbia award.

The series can be viewed on 5 On Your Side’s YouTube channel.

In late February, 5 On Your Side will host an event in relation to the RACE series.

RACE: Listen. Learn. Live. Celebrating Black History Month will be a live in-person event Feb. 23 at the Missouri History Museum. More information will be announced in coming weeks.

This article was originally published in KSDK.

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