Category Archives: Civil Rights History

Oh, Oh Freedom!

We joined my son and his family at his in-laws in Atlanta for Passover, the holiday that commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. The meal, the Seder, includes the retelling of the story, often accompanied … Continue reading

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Figuring out Ferguson: What’s Next?

I’m trying to make sense of the Ferguson decision and realize sadly, there is no sense. I’ve put my faith in a system that failed to deliver. The memory of Michael Brown is now tarnished by injustice, and the violent, … Continue reading

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Based on a True Story: Movies, Plays, & a Concert & a Book

Based a true story. That’s been the tagline of much of the culture I’ve either seen or read lately. Walking with the Enemy  claims to be less based and more “inspired” by the life of Pinchas Tibor Rosenbaum, a young Hungarian … Continue reading

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My 300th Post: 2013 Highlights

I’m still adjusting to the idea that the year begins in January and ends in December. After being either in the classroom as a teacher, or having kids in school, it seemed for the longest time the year began in … Continue reading

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March on Washington: My Father’s Reflections

Today’s the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom that culminated in Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I have a Dream” speech. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the country gathered to advocate for racial … Continue reading

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SCOTUS & I Am Harvey Milk: Perfect Timing

Thanks to the three hour time change between the East and West Coast, the producers of I am Harvey Milk,  an oratorio concert honoring the slain gay rights politician were able to update the film segments to include the latest … Continue reading

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Leonard Pitts Jr.’s Freeman

Imagine a man walking from Philadelphia to Mississippi, hoping to unite with the woman he loves and hasn’t seen or spoken to in 15 years. That’s Sam, a runaway slave who fought in the Union Army, and is working in … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared December 7, 1941,  the day Pearl Harbor was bombed,  a “date which will live in infamy.”   For people of that generation- my parents were teenagers- that date sticks like glue in their minds. Sadly, … Continue reading

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“Get on the Bus”

I was five years old in 1961 when the  Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) began sending civil rights activists, mostly college students, into communities in the South, to bolster the US Supreme Court’s decision ending segregation for interstate travelers. I … Continue reading

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