Episode 122

Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead: Living a Life of Service

March 15, 2023

It’s a guiding ideology for our family: the belief that to whom much is given much is expected. The belief that if we want to change America, we have to be a significant and substantial part of the change that needs to happen. The belief that the way that you grow and the way that you become better is you do it through service to others.

What does it mean to live a life of service? In this episode, Aliza sits down with Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead, Professor of Communication and African American Studies at Loyola University (Maryland) among other titles she currently holds, about being on the ground documenting the events of 9/11 as they were unfolding, communicating to the public about COVID-19 before it became mainstream news, how we can be a part of the solution instead of the problem and so much more. You don’t want to miss this episode!

Episode Highlights

3:41 – Behind the scenes of Twin Towers: A History

5:09 – What it means to live a life of service

15:14 – Race, COVID-19, and what it means to have real change

23:48 – Practicing radical self-care so you can do the work

What we talk about in this episode:

  • Asking a question about change and being willing to implement change are two different things 
  • The battle we’re fighting now is about changing the hearts and minds of people
  • Self-care so you can do the work you need to do

More About Dr. Kaye

Dr. Karsonya (Kaye) Wise Whitehead is an Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland. She is the award-winning radio host of Today With Dr. Kaye on WEAA and an OpEd columnist for the Afro newspaper. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Karson Institute for Race, Peace, and Social Justice, and the Emilie Frances Davis Center for Education, Research, and Culture. She is the author of four books: Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis, RaceBrave, Letters to My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America, and Sparking the Genius: The Carter G. Woodson Lecture. Whitehead’s work has received both national and local recognition, including being selected as one of 2019’s “100 Black Women Advocating for Change” by Essence Magazine and one of the “25 Women to Watch” by the Baltimore Sun. [Source]

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