Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for so many things. We would all do well to remember that the intersections of race and class and education and gender are tightly bound. You cannot ‘win’ one battle without remembering there are more … Continue reading →
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My iTunes player happened upon this song and I instantly was transported to seeing Selma in the theaters and seeing this award-winning song’s heartbreakingly powerful performance at the Academy Awards. Glory, indeed.
Dale Hansen explains, perfectly, all of the misplaced controversy surrounding Michael Sam’s announcement that he is gay.
If you want to be energized, watch this performance of Sojourner Truth’s famous “Ain’t I a Woman” speech from 1851, by Alfre Woodard. I take great pride in the fact that I teach at a school founded in the same … Continue reading →
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You need to see this film. It is masterful. It is stunning. It is gorgeous, albeit brutal in its honesty. This is our history America. We are responsible for understanding why we are who we are because of who we … Continue reading →
[Image credit: Amy L. Darnell] The Montgomery, Alabama Greyhound bus station– the sight of such horrible violence against the Freedom Riders that the Riders almost quit. But they didn’t. Led by Diane Nash of Fisk University, the Riders kept on … Continue reading →
One of my favorite songs is “Which Side Are You On” by Florence Reece. I think that much of our lives is about deciding and acting upon those ‘sides’ we find ourselves. This past week, I traveled historic Route 80 … Continue reading →
In honor of the 92nd anniversary of the 19th amendment, this photograph of women learning to use voting machines in Chicago reminds us that our democracy thrives when we encourage citizens to vote rather than legislating to suppress their votes.
“No self-respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party that ignores her sex.” Susan B. Anthony