Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 18th, 2016
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Today as we celebrate the birthday and historic legacy of civil rights activist and minister Martin Luther King, Jr., I find that his words are just as powerful and relevant today as they were when he initially spoke them decades ago.

King understood that in the face of racism and discrimination that the first response among most people is to want to protest and fight back in a destructive way.   It’s pretty much human nature for someone who is being abused to want to push back and it would have been easy for King to talk of using angry, armed … Read More

Dr. Maya Angelou

May 29th, 2014
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  “Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told, ‘I’m with you, kid.  Let’s go.'”                                                                    ~ Dr. Maya Angelou   Let’s go indeed!  Did Dr. Maya Angelou take every opportunity to grab life by the lapels? You bet she did! Every day she grabbed life by the lapels and the seat pants and she held on for dear life, inspiring and showing us through her writings, speeches and screen presence the true passions of her life: civil rights, being kind, education and striving to do the best in whatever you are doing. Resilience, beauty and grace; thy name… Read More

50th Anniversary of March on Washington

August 28th, 2013
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“Our goal was not to gain power.  It was to heal a torn-up community.” ~ Diane Judith Nash, a civil rights leader Marching for your human rights and dignity is healing.  It is an act of restoring faith in yourself and your community. Marching is also rewarding for the human spirit and good for the human soul.  Standing up for your rights confirms for you that you are not alone in your feelings; that others share your thoughts and emotions. Peacefully marching, holding protest signs and delivering passionate speeches gives rise to feelings of respect for those who are declaring,… Read More

Rosa Parks

February 6th, 2013
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When I read that the U.S. Postal Service unveiled a stamp commemorating civil right activist Rosa Parks, I said to myself, “It’s about time.” Parks, who would have turned 100 this year, was riding a segregated and crowded bus home in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955 when a white man wanted her seat.  She refused to get up and give it to him and she was arrested for breaking the law. A 381-day bus boycott began, lead by a young Baptist minister named Martin Luther King Jr.  Both Parks and King went on to capture the nation’s attention for standing up… Read More

Mad Men

March 26th, 2012
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The season premiere of “Mad Men” airs tonight and I can hardly wait.  It is my favorite television show and I am very curious to see where creator Matthew Weiner takes the fabulous characters who work at the New York City ad agency of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Watching “Mad Men” is like opening up a time capsule and immersing yourself in all of the sophistication, controversy and change of the 1960’s. The writing is suberb and from the moment you step in to the offices of Sterling Cooper you know you are in for a great time of it. … Read More