Keith Stokes says it is time to “reach across the aisle and learn from one another.” It is something he has said often while advocating for better race and religious relations. He is hopeful that in the aftermath of protests, sparked by the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis policeman, that people turn those protests into political action.

Keith Stokes

Mr. Stokes is Vice President of the 1696 Heritage Group, a historical consulting firm dedicated to helping persons and institutions of color to increase their knowledge and access to the light of truth of their unique American heritage

Keith, who resides in Newport, joins WUN’s Frank Prosnitz to talk about the history of protests in this country, and the motivations and expectations of the protesters that are marching around the country today, including Providence.

Listen to “A conversation with Keith Stokes, Vice President of 1696 Heritage Group” on Spreaker.

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Frank Prosnitz

Frank Prosnitz brings to WhatsUpNewp several years in journalism, including 10 as editor of the Providence (RI) Business News and 14 years as a reporter and bureau manager at the Providence (RI) Journal. Prosnitz began his journalism career as a sportswriter at the Asbury Park (NJ) Press, moving to The News Tribune (Woodbridge, NJ), before joining the Providence Journal. Prosnitz hosts the Morning Show on WLBQ radio (Westerly), 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, and It’s Your Business, also on WBLQ, Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Prosnitz has twice won Best in Business Awards from the national Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), twice was named Media Advocate of the Year by the Small Business Administration, won an investigative reporter’s award from the New England Press Association, and newswriting award from the Rhode Island Press Association.