Each week for 26 weeks, I am publishing a post about women who are not widely known but should be—women who can inspire us, teach us, and encourage us to get out of our comfort zones and reach for our dreams. Week 23 of my A to Z challenge introduces us to Wilma Webb....more
There’s an accusation, especially recently in our culture, about people who fight for social justice. We’re accused of perpetuating a victim mentality. People mistake our stories and our experiences for manifestations of victimhood. We’re told not to wallow. We’re told to rise above, and in many cases, to put aside and forget our experiences almost as if they don’t matter at all.In times when I am accused of these things, I like to remember Maya Angelou....more
This weekend, author and activist Alice Walker will celebrate her 70th birthday. An American Masters showing of a documentary exploring her life and work premieres on PBS tonight, sharing the remarkable story of Walker's early life as a sharecropper's daughter, through her awakening as an artist and an activist, and on to through her contemporary written work and controversial global advocacy.
Nina Simone was a talented pianist, singer,and activist. She spoke her mind and spoke up for what she believed.
She talked the talk - or sang the song.
She first learned to speak up at age 12 when she was about to play the piano at a church recital and her parents were told to move from the front to the back row due to their race. She refused to play until her parents were allowed to return to the front row.
To a young person, the civil rights movement seems like ancient history. The March on Washington in 1963 occurred in a very different time, before a man walked on the moon, before color TV, before microwaves, or hybrid cars. Protestors wore suits and ties, skirts and gloves, and high heeled shoes not meant for walking blocks to the Lincoln Memorial. Even so, many expected riots and violence. Toops were called out. Tensions were high, and Washingtonians were on edge....more
From 1998 to 2002, a TV series called Any Day Now captured my devoted attention. It starred Annie Potts as Mary Elizabeth (M.E.) Sims and Lorraine Toussant as Rene Jackson. The two grew up together in Birmingham, Alabama in the 1960's. Despite their difference in race and the upheavals and violence of the civil rights movement swirling all around them in Birmingham, they were best friends. I'm happy to see Potts and Toussant together again in The Fosters, which sees its season finale Aug. 5.
In the wake of the Zimmerman verdict everyone is being reminded that America is a nation of laws, the jury has spoken and that we should respect the verdict. Is it lawful to take the life of another when they were not doing anything unlawful?
In the wake of the Zimmerman verdict everyone is being reminded that America is a nation of laws, the jury has spoken and that we should respect the verdict. Is it lawful to take the life of another when they were not doing anything unlawful?...more