Combating Racism – Honoring Black History Month – Part 1

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...
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Combating Racism – Structural Racism and Health Inequalities

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.


A recent Washington Post special report, based on an...
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Combating Racism – Eradicating Hate – Part 2

“People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love.”

~ Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom

Last 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...
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Combating Racism – Eradicating Hate – Part 1

“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...
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Combating Racism – Standing Up for Racial Inequality

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...
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Combating Racism – Let It Begin With Us

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...
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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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