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The Fierce Urgency of Now

Statement on Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday, 2022 On this Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, we return to places of hallowed ground—from the 16th Street Baptist Church, to the Edmund Pettus Bridge, to the Lorraine Motel—to honor those whose lives are the foundation of our contemporary liberation struggle. We remember King, and all… Continue reading The Fierce Urgency of Now

From G.O.A.T. to Goat: Will 2022 bring a tipping point for teachers?

In the first half-year of Covid, teachers were among the Greatest – the G.O.A.T.’s who would keep us sane, learning and growing because, “that’s what they do.” It was common to hear about our “heroes of the classroom”, keeping the world safe and robust for education no matter where they had to practice. (Healthcare workers… Continue reading From G.O.A.T. to Goat: Will 2022 bring a tipping point for teachers?

The Colors of Your Light

“…you are a unique expression of an idea of God meant to lead others into more of God’s goodness.” –Marshawn Evans Daniels, 100 Days of Believing Bigger Devotional Journal, Day 80 During an “artivism” (activism using art) workshop this week, I was asked: “What is your cause?” “What is your protest?” “What mediums do you… Continue reading The Colors of Your Light

Do the Right Thing

I agree with Spike Lee that among life’s most challenging questions is “what is the right thing to do now?” Furthermore, whether you’re in Brooklyn, Berlin, or Bermuda there’s a difference between doing right and being right. Spiritual and emotional maturity turn on understanding and living out this distinction. Scripture tells me, “speak the truth… Continue reading Do the Right Thing

What’s in Your Closet?

Wardrobe words intrigue me – designer labels of the human psyche. I put on “politically correct” shoes because they fit better than the alternative. I treasure the few worn out “woke” t-shirts I’ve been given, but never buy them for myself. They feel nice in the morning but seem ill-fitting as the day goes on.… Continue reading What’s in Your Closet?

Love and Light

In the beginning were love and light Darkness dared dart in Love and light remain steadfast, even as we unsteady Love is sacrifice amidst brokenness, tender touch, touching words touching our soul, our spirit Light is the Lord’s truth, abundance overflowing, peace and passion purposely in pursuit—Speak Life! Power indwelling, gentle, undaunted, seeking ever higher… Continue reading Love and Light

In It Together

“For he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” Matthew 5:45 (KJV) This past weekend, on May 23rd, Christians celebrated Pentecost Sunday, noting the time God sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in and among us shortly after Jesus’s death… Continue reading In It Together

The Verdict

I’m sitting here reflecting on the verdict that just came down for Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd. Guilty on all charges. Justice has been served. So why do I not feel any different? The verdict does represent justice—a form of justice. A modicum of justice. But it is not true justice. This… Continue reading The Verdict

A Renewed Imperative

The political chaos and confusion of the 2020 Presidential election clarified how some in the elite power structure of this country continue to create narratives that promote division, evoke fear, deny what is true, stifle what is progressive and discredit what is right. Baffled by tactics of oppression unchanged for over 400 years, I am… Continue reading A Renewed Imperative

Ode to Jesus Once More

Heard the voice of Jesus sayCome unto me, I am the way.Keep your hand on the plow, hold on.When my way gets dark as night,I know the lord will be my light,Keep your hand on the plow, hold on. “Hold On,” African American Spiritual (many Spirituals first sung by enslaved Africans in the United States)… Continue reading Ode to Jesus Once More

#BlackGirlMagic: On the Necessity of Resilience and Righteous Indignation

What do Vice-President Kamala Harris, voting rights activist Stacey Abrams, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, and viral immunologist leading the fight against COVID-19 Kizzmekia Corbett have in common? They’re all Black women with magnificent accomplishments—things most people do not achieve, let alone those staring down racism and sexism. As a Black woman, they inspire me, but… Continue reading #BlackGirlMagic: On the Necessity of Resilience and Righteous Indignation

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