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Mama, Are We White?

This is the question my almost-10-year-old daughter asked on the last day of our bus trip through civil rights historical sites in the south. It’s a more complicated question than it sounds.  The answers are yes, no and maybe. Yes, … Continue reading

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Wading in the Water

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cinncinnati sits near the banks of the Ohio River. Ohio was a free state, but the slave-holding state of Kentucky is just on the other side of the river. You can see it clear … Continue reading

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I AM A MAN

This was the infamous sign worn and carried by the sanitation workers of Memphis during the March, 1968 sanitation workers strike. Garbage collector is easily near the top of the list of the worst jobs imaginable. How many kids say … Continue reading

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Bombingham, U.S.A, Part Two

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) – across the street from the 16th Street Baptist Church – wouldn’t have come in to being if a white Mayor named David Vann hadn’t visited Europe. There, he learned that Adolf Hitler modeled … Continue reading

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“No one ever as…

“No one ever asks what is a man’s role in the revolution.” Black Panther Party and SNCC activist Kathleen Cleaver From Freedom’s Sisters, an interactive exhibit celebrating 20 women who fought for racial justice.

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Dear Director Jim Stowe

March 30, 2013 Dear Director Jim Stowe, Thank you so much for the tremendous gift you have given me, my mother and my daughters by making this trip possible and powerful. You warned us from the beginning that we weren’t … Continue reading

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Why is This Year Different From All Other Years?

If you are Jewish, you get the title of this post. It’s a take-off on the Four Questions that get read by the youngest family member at the annual seder (SAY-der), the ritual meal that marks the beginning of Passover. I couldn’t … Continue reading

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Bombingham, U.S.A., Part One

Our tour of Birmingham, Alabama begins in Kelly Ingram Park, which sits across the street from the famous 16th Street Baptist Church, where the four little girls were killed in a bombing. Birmingham native Barry McNealy, who directs the Legacy Youth … Continue reading

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O-D-ing on the N-word

My children have heard the word nigger more the past few days than I’ve heard it my entire life. I guess that comes with the territory of being in the South, getting immersed in the civil rights movement, and seeing … Continue reading

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“This is not just black history. It’s American history.”

By the time she was 11, Selma resident Joanne Bland had been arrested 13 times for resisting segregation. Bland grew up in a housing project right next to Brown Chapel A.M.E., the launching point for Bloody Sunday, when police unleashed … Continue reading

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