Yearly Archives: 2020

Combating Racism – Reaching Out Beyond Our Comfort Zone

As this is my last newsletter of 2020, I am taking a few minutes to reflect on the past twelve months. I began this year writing my weekly Best Self newsletters with a variety of personal growth topics and related journal prompts. But after the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 and after reading extensively...
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Combating Racism – Lest They be Forgotten – Part 2

Last week I shared stories of 19th century-born Black inventors, scientists and engineers, many of whom had little or no formal education or training, yet made major contributions to our contemporary way of life. This week, I continue that list with men and women whose names start with L through W. In sharing these stories, I hope...
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Combating Racism – Lest They be Forgotten – Part 1

Many talented members of the Black community have given much to our country and yet their achievements went unrecognized for a long time. Textbooks and classrooms in the 1950s, ‘60s and ’70s mainly provided the history of Caucasian Americans. Despite being a crucial component in the American story, the lives of many important Black Americans were...
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Combating Racism – Lynchings Part 2 – Northern States

WARNING: The information and photos in this newsletter can be upsetting. Lynchings were not unique to Southern states, but as the chart below indicates, the number of lynchings in non-Southern states is significantly less than those in the South. The Great Migration brought tens of thousands of African Americans to northern industrial cities. The growing Black population created...
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Combating Racism – Violence Part 3 – Lynchings in the South

The lynching problem / Dalrymple, 1899. Courtesy: Library of Congress

"History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”

~ Maya Angelou, On the Pulse of Morning

WARNING: The information in this newsletter may be upsetting and potentially traumatizing. DISCLAIMER: In researching material for...
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Combating Racism – Understanding Racial Violence – Part 2

EDITORIAL NOTE: In last week's newsletter, the sub-heading 1868 – OPELOUSAS, GEORGIA should have been OPELOUSAS, LOUISIANA. As I mentioned in last week’s newsletter, an opinion piece in The Washington Post by Walter Greason entitled, “We must honor those lost to violent racism,” inspired me to learn more about the history of racial violence in our country,...
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Combating Racism – Reforming the Cash Bail System


On any given day, nearly half a million people languish in jail cells across America, waiting for their criminal cases to move forward, severed from their lives and communities even though they have not been convicted of a crime. People in pretrial detention now make up more than 2/3 of America’s jail population. They...
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Combating Racism – Transforming Criminal Justice


The United States is the world’s leader in its rate of incarceration with 2.2 million people currently in federal, state or local prisons and jails – a 500% increase over the last forty years. The United States is home to 5% of the world’s population yet it now houses 25% of the world’s prison inmates....
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