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Frederick Douglass’ “The Meaning of July Fourth

Almost a decade before the Civil War, Frederick Douglass was asked to speak at Rochester, New York’s Fourth of July celebration, (held on the fifth) in 1852. What the citizens, the white citizens, of Rochester heard was not what they … Continue reading

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For Refugee Entry into the United States

The Full Text of the Graphic: The Screening Process for Refugee Entry Into the United States Recurrent vetting: Throughout this process, pending applications continue to be checked against terrorist databases, to ensure new, relevant terrorism information has not come to … Continue reading

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RIP Madiba 1918-2013

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in … Continue reading

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Richie Havens’ teeth

At our 8th grade team meeting this morning, I mentioned that Richie Havens had died and half of my colleagues looked bewildered. One of my grey-haired colleagues said, “I guess you realize you are really old when you have to … Continue reading

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Chaotic and disorderly celebration and significance

This weekend were the first two nights of Passover. This is my favorite holiday of the year. The Passover seder is a celebration of freedom and liberation, a reminder how each of us needs to continue the fight for the … Continue reading

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