While most Black folks see systematic racism as a persistent reality, many Whites seem either uncertain or flatly deny its existence. I recently had the privilege of attending a three-evening course called, “A Long Talk about the Uncomfortable Truth.” One of the readings for that course was Tim Wise’s essay,...Read more
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In 1976, when President Gerald Ford officially recognized February as Black History Month, he called on the public to “honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout out history.” Many of these “too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans” were highlighted in my December 13th...Read more
Negro History Week was created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a noted Black historian, scholar, educator and publisher. By the late 1960’s, thanks in part to the civil rights movement and a growing awareness of Black identity, Negro History Week evolved into Black History Month. In 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized February as Black...Read more
COVID-19 has shined a light on health disparities that have been in existence in our country for centuries. The startling and disproportionate death rate among Black Americans around the country from COVID-19 is a horrific reminder of the persistent inequities and the need for solutions to address them.Read more
THE ISSUESA recent Washington Post special report, based on an...
“People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love.”
~ Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to FreedomLast week I wrote about the hatred that exists, and has existed, in this country for centuries – a hatred that has divided our country, devastated cities, left hundreds...
“Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.”~ James Baldwin My original plan for last week’s newsletter, and then this week’s newsletter, was to focus on health disparities in our country and particularly the ways Black Americans have been inequitably impacted by the coronavirus. But the attempted...
Black Lives Matter protesters were met with police in riot gear on June 1, 2020.In my lifetime, which now spans seven decades, there have been three major events on American shores that have left me and the nation in shock and disbelief and changed public consciousness forever. These events are indelibly etched in...
My dear friend, Jean, sent me this postcard, with words from the song written by Jill Jackson Miller and Sy Miller in 1955. The words “let it begin with me” resonated. Over this past year, I’ve been sensitized to racism in our country in a way I never was before. A long overdue awareness. When I think...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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