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Combating Racism – What I Have Learned

95 WEEKS

That’s the number of weeks that I have been writing a blog post and sending a weekly newsletter devoted to combating racism. My goals have been: to educate myself and others to much of America’s history of racism, to learn about and try to understand the Black experience in America, to learn how I and...
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Combating Racism – Domestic Slave Trade

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

Maya Angelou

NOTE: As “Negroes” was the term used to refer to African Americans and Black Americans during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, I have included this word in this newsletter, intending no disrespect...
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Combating Racism – Honoring Women’s History Month – Part 5

This week I wrap up my Women’s History Month newsletters with the stories of four contemporary Black women whose achievements are remarkable and who have paved the way for others to follow in their footsteps.

KIZZMEKIA CORBETT (1986 -   )

Kizzmekia "Kizzy" Shanta Corbett was born in Hurdle Mills, North Carolina in January,1986...
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Combating Racism – Honoring Women’s History Month – Part 4

This week’s newsletter honors four more noteworthy Black women—civil rights activists, a lawyer, and a labor leader—whose contributions to our society and our culture deserve being honored, especially during Women’s History Month.

MARY ELLEN PLEASANT ( ? – 1904)

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Combating Racism – Honoring Women’s History Month – Part 3

This week’s newsletter is devoted to the first Black woman aviator and lesser known civil rights activists. These women’s names are part of my tribute to 2022’s Women’s History Month. I know this newsletter is long, but I had to honor each of these amazing women and tell their stories.

BESSIE COLEMAN (1892-1926)

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Combating Racism – Honoring Women’s History Month – Part 1

Women’s History Month, which starts this coming Tuesday, March 1st, highlights the often-overlooked contributions of women in history, society, and culture. Women’s History Month traces its beginnings to the first International Women’s Day in 1911. The Sonoma, California school district organized a Women’s History Week in 1978, coinciding with March 8th—International Women’s Day. Hundreds of...
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Combating Racism – Honoring Black History Month 2022 – Part 4

For the past three weeks, I have shared the names and accomplishments of Black writers, photographers, military heroes, and civil rights activists to honor their legacies during Black History Month. The study of Black history has become a politicized subject since I began my newsletters in June 2020. Rather than being segregated from American history, I consider it the...
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