Displaying posts tagged with

“black lives matter”

American Heroes & Heroines -Hubert Harrison

Chances are you have never heard of someone named Hubert Harrison.  Until recently, I know I never had. I’d like to introduce you to a truly remarkable person in our own American history. I came across him in a strange way.  Somehow I clicked onto a page on Google that was about a black man […]

Ida B. Wells & The George Floyd Protests

Ida B. Wells, African-American journalist and a leader in the early Civil Rights Movement, was widely known for her campaign against the practice of the lynching of African-Americans. Born into slavery in Holly Springs, Mississippi in 1862, just a few months before the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves was issued by President Abraham Lincoln, she grew […]

Fannie Lou Hamer – “I Can’t Breathe”

The struggles that Fannie Lou Hamer went through as a leader in the civil rights movement during the 1960s and 1970s attest to one woman’s extraordinary courage and dedication in a fight against the overwhelmingly brutal forces of racial discrimination and dehumanization in Mississippi, and, indeed, throughout the South, at that time in our history […]

Richard Wright, Native Son – “I Can’t Breathe”.

Richard Wright (1908-1960) was perhaps the most influential African-American writer of the twentieth century.  His books helped to change race relations in the United States. I was 16 or 17 when I first read Wright’s novel, “Native Son.” I still remember the impact it had on me.  I could only read the novel piecemeal, bits […]

Abby Kelley Foster & “Come-Outerism/A Reading

Abby Kelley Foster. Chances are you never heard her name before.  She was an early abolitionist and campaigner for full African-American and women’s rights, and one of the great women of our American past. Her life and struggles and experiences are so applicable to our own turbulent times; and her call to “come out!” is […]

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way – Soheila, Originally from Iran

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way Soheila.  Came to this country originally from Iran with her family when she was sixteen. ____________________________________ Soheila, what’s your take on America at this time? “I think we are going through really hard times right now.  But at the same time, I think this is […]

Black and White

Nelson Mandela survived twenty-seven years in a jail cell. Have you spent even one day and night in jail?  Twenty-seven years was truly an eternity. The incomprehensible thing is how he managed to maintain his humanity amid this desert of timelessness. He wielded a heavy hammer for years in the hot blazing South African sun […]

Transcending Old Stories

Last week, New York columnist David Brooks wrote an opinion piece that talked about two differing narratives of our national identity. The first is of a land of opportunity, where immigrants ( overwhelmingly white) established a new country and set out to pursue their dreams. The second begins with travesties committed against Native American Indians […]

Grace Lee Boggs

Just a little over a hundred years ago, in 1915, Grace Lee Boggs was born in Providence, Rhode Island.  She died only recently, in 2015, at age 100.  During those years, she and her husband James Boggs had an extraordinary career that impacted many lives, with prominent roles in the Civil Rights and Labor Movements. […]

Ruby Bridges

This lovely, six-year-old African-American girl – Ruby Bridges by name – was the pivotal person in the dismantling of the age-old white supremacy structure prevalent in American schools in the South during the 1960’s. The innocence of childhood arrayed against a monstrous behemoth of pride and prejudice. In the “Brown v. Board of Education” decision […]