Trayvon Martin: thoughts from ...

Mar 26, 2012 by

I cannot stop thinking about Trayvon Martin. I can’t stop looking into his eyes in this photo which has become ubiquitous online. An...

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Liberty vs. Enterprise: Montic...

Feb 27, 2012 by

Throughout history, when the battle has been between Liberty and Enterprise, Enterprise has usually won… Three items of note caught...

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Red Tails – the film eve...

Jan 26, 2012 by

George Lucas, producer director of some of the most profitable films in Hollywood history (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, etc), has been...

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Resurrecting Love: The Cemeter...

Dec 6, 2011 by

Sharon and I both love cemeteries. One important aspect of the work we’ve committed ourselves to along our healing journey involves...

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The Problem We All Live With

Sep 1, 2011 by

Thank you to my Coming to the Table friends Sharon Morgan and Edie Lee Harris for sharing this story. In 1960, a 6-year old African...

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Uncle Tom

Aug 4, 2011 by

More than fifteen years ago I walked from my office to a local elementary school once each week to read with a little first grade boy...

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Teardrops on the City

Jun 29, 2011 by

White man with a guitar leans on black man playing a saxophone. Both are dressed in black and white clothes. White album cover....

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Looking for America

Jun 8, 2011 by

Friday, May 20, 12:51 pm, Denver, Colorado I sit in the airport after my first two flights today; one more to go to arrive in New...

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This Precious Moment

May 25, 2011 by

“We have a fuel leak on the right side of the plane. We need to evacuate.” The pilot’s voice got everyone’s attention. I heard the...

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Lorraine Motel, 43 Years On

Apr 6, 2011 by

April 4, 2011, was the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee. Two years ago I...

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A love of cemeteries

Mar 2, 2011 by

My whole life I’ve loved cemeteries. Some people find that morbid. I find it fascinating and life-affirming. I’ve been known to pull...

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Excising the “n” word from Huc...

Feb 9, 2011 by

Mark Twain defined a “classic” book as one “which people praise and don’t read.” He should know. How many of you have read...

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The Hemingses of Monticello

Feb 2, 2011 by

Comments on the book, The Hemingses of Montecello by Annette Gordon-Reed It turns out that the stories about Thomas Jefferson I...

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On the 50th Anniversary of the...

Jan 26, 2011 by

Fifty years ago, on January 20, 1961, the torch was passed to a new generation when John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as President of...

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Scott Sisters to be released f...

Jan 18, 2011 by

UPDATE (Jan 1): Gladys Scott calls NY Times columnist Bob Herbert. Read his column about their New Year’s Eve conversation here. “I...

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So you thought slavery ended i...

Jan 18, 2011 by

              Two years ago a powerful book was published about modern-day slavery: A Crime So...

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Who the heck is John Parker?

Dec 22, 2010 by

John Parker. Margaret Garner. Robert Smalls. John Rankin. They are not among the most well-known of historic figures yet their impact...

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The Reporter I trust (and ther...

Dec 8, 2010 by

When I was a child television news in our home meant Walter Cronkite. In junior high school history class we watched his “You...

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Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome

Nov 17, 2010 by

Dr. Joy DeGruy (formerly Dr. Joy DeGruy Leary), author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury...

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Growing a Global Heart

Nov 3, 2010 by

“We stood in El Mina slave dungeon, on the Cape Coast of Ghana on a recent trip to West Africa, overwhelmed by despair, grief...

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What does justice require for ...

Oct 6, 2010 by

The aspect of Restorative Justice that most people find most challenging is in dealing with offenders. When someone causes harm to...

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What does justice require for ...

Sep 29, 2010 by

If one set out to design a system for provoking intrusive post-traumatic symptoms, one could not do better than a court of law....

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UPDATE: The Scott Sisters: dou...

Sep 22, 2010 by

Earlier this year I wrote about an American tragedy; a travesty of so-called justice involving two black women: sisters Jamie and...

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Five Minutes of Heaven: A film...

Sep 17, 2010 by

Every time I’m tempted to believe I’ve encountered a model of healing that will work for people who have been seriously...

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