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Bending toward
social justice


Vlog Notes from the Director

Dr. Whitehead discusses the founding of The Karson Institute and how they are committed to using race and peace to intentionally work toward social justice.

Dr. Karsonya "Kaye" Wise Whitehead is a professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland, the award-winning radio host of Today With Dr. Kaye on WEAA 88.9 FM, and an Opinion Editorial Columnist with the Afro newspaper.

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Connecting the Academic and the Activist

The Karson Institute provides a scholarly space for professors, students, social justice workers, and activists to come together to research, discuss, debate, and explore answers to America’s most urgent questions on inequality, injustice, and racial inequity. We are committed to establishing a research and data-based environment built on intersectional liberated ideas and ideologies.

About the Karson Institute
The Strands of our Nation

Ours is a nation of storytellers with a narrative quilt connecting our lives, our shared pain, and our struggles. Our shared America history is not divided by our race, gender, or ethnic group—but instead united by the core stories that make up our nation and define who and what we used to be… and who and what we are becoming. But first, we must tell the stories that have led us to this moment in our history. The Karson Institute serves as a place to capture these stories.

In the coming months, the Karson Institute will continue to host monthly conversations with invited guests to discuss relevant and timely issues around racial and social justice, feature a monthly blog for conversation and discussion, and offer contemplative topics for reflection.

For media inquiries and information, please contact Media Relations: Rita Buettner, 410-617-2146,

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