“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
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...Read more
For the past two weeks, I have written about lynchings in both Southern states and non-Southern states. Despite the slowdown in lynchings across the country, racial terrorism created a legacy of new forms of violence, a compromised criminal justice system, and long-term psychological impacts. After the rate...Read more
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...Read more
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 MorningWARNING: The information in this newsletter may be upsetting and potentially traumatizing. DISCLAIMER: In researching material for...
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,...Read more