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Lara Downes describes these times as the "lost season," referring to the blanket cancellations of concert engagements practically every performing artist in the world is now suffering. She may be sidelined, but she is not silenced, musically or on any number of other topics related to music and its power to contribute to our conversations of race, injustice, and Covid-19. James Baker, host of KPAC's Classics a la Carte, recently talked to Lara about her background, her activist roots and making music in a time of pandemic.

From Texas Standard:

Student athletes at the University of Texas at Austin are asking the university to change some of its practices and traditions in the wake of national protests against police brutality and systemic racism.

Angela Kocherga | KTEP

Ron Stallworth was the first Black detective for the Colorado Springs Police Department in the 1970s. The former officer infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in 1979, a feat that he memorialized in his best-selling book, Black Klansman.

Stallworth reflected on decades of incidents of police violence against black Americans, including the recent death of George Floyd which has reignited momentum behind the Black Lives Matter movement.

From Texas Standard:

The current focus on civil rights and justice for black Americans is reminiscent of the 1960s when African Americans spoke out, protested racism and worked to make change. 

A Black Lives Matter activist leads a chant as protesters holding a banner block much of the road during the MLK Day march Jan. 15, 2018.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

This week the Texas Supreme Court handed down a decision on the contentious issues of voting in person during a pandemic.

When the story of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police began making news last week, Anthony McGill felt something roiling up inside him.

Aaron Schrank / Texas Public Radio

San Antonio has enjoyed a reputation for good relations between law enforcement and communities of color. But, calls for racial equality and police accountability are growing louder on Alamo City streets.

Ryan Poppe / Texas Public Radio

A civil rights group in Texas is criticizing Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick for blaming protestors and the Black Lives Matter movement for the shootings in Dallas.  Officials with the group call the lieutenant governor’s comments irresponsible.

Patrick was asked to share his observations about the shootings on the Fox News Channel’s "Fox and Friends First" program during his interview, Patrick said that “Too many people in the general public, who have a big mouth are creating the situations like the shooting in Dallas.

You don’t have to look far in to Texas' past to see the ugly face of racial violence against African Americans. There is the 1910 Slocum Massacre which we’ve covered on Texas Matters. But there are so many more examples.