Conversations On Race and Racism: Cousins Mike Elmore & Blake Wilder

Sep 18, 2020

Cousins Mike Elmore, left, and Blake Wilder, right, grew up together in Iowa. Today, Elmore works as a loan officer and Jiu Jitsu instructor in West Plains, Missouri, and Wilder is an author living in Las Vegas.
Credit Used with permission / KSMU

This week, we bring you our Sense of Community series, Conversations on Race and Racism.  These conversations feature first-person perspectives, memories, and opinions of people in our community whose lives have been impacted by race and racism.   

In this segment, we listen in on a conversation between cousins Mike Elmore and Blake Wilder, who grew up together.  Elmore is an Army veteran, federal loan officer and Jiu-Jitsu teacher in West Plains, Missouri; Wilder is the author of "Random Bars: Poetry By An Original B-Boy" and lives in Las Vegas.

Hear Part 1 and Part 2 of their conversation by clicking below.