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Together You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation

This was printed in the Opinion Column of the New York Times today, July 30, 2020. Mr. Lewis, the civil rights leader who died on July 17, wrote this essay shortly before his death, to be published upon the day … Continue reading

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In the Bardo

We are all grieving at the passing of John Lewis. What a remarkable man, filled with integrity, purpose, courage, and grit. He spent a lifetime in the fight for justice and civil rights under the most challenging of circumstances. He … Continue reading

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Malcom X…

…would be 91 today.

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Dr. Quentin Young 1923-2016

This is a tribute to Dr. Quentin Young, a resident of Hyde Park for most of his life, who was a dedicated advocate for single payer healthcare and a civil rights advocate. He died yesterday at 92. I met him … Continue reading

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15th Amendment

Today is the anniversary of the ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment in 1870, the amendment securing the right of black males to vote, though the word black is not mentioned in the amendment itself. During Reconstruction, the period right after … Continue reading

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Four Young Girls

52 years ago today, Carol Denise McNair (age 11), Cynthia Wesley (age 14), Carole Robertson (age 14), and Addie Mae Collins (age 14) were killed in a bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Four members of … Continue reading

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Newsome’s clarion call to activism

At 6am in the morning last Saturday, Bree Newsome removed the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina State Capitol by climbing its flagpole. She was arrested with James Ian Tyson who helped her over the fence around … Continue reading

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Amazing Grace

President Obama’s eulogy for the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, one of the nine killed during Bible study at the AME church in Charleston, was a powerfully put perspective on race, love, spirituality, justice, and activism. Obama even broke into singing “Amazing … Continue reading

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An historic day!

Obama’s powerful and compassionate response to the Supreme Court decision today legalizing gay marriage. And the final poetic and heartfelt paragraph of Justice Kennedy’s Opinion for the majority: No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals … Continue reading

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Harper Lee is not immune

Today in class I showed the courtroom scene from the movie version of To Kill a Mockingbird. Though the movie is a pale reflection of the book, like most movies based on books, the courtroom scene is not too bad—Gregory Peck … Continue reading

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