Category: american history

Category: american history

Teach Me Black History, But Don’t Make Me Squirm

As I think about Black History Month 2022, I am reminded of my September 2020 newsletter. In that piece written just four months after the start of the George Floyd protests, I asked the question “Is the Window Closing on DEI Interest?” 17 months after that newsletter was published, I can clearly identify ways in […]

YWCA Cabaret Gala – We Gonna Be Alright

I am so excited for the Cabaret Gala tomorrow night! I am delighted that I am being honored as a 2016 YWCA Community Champion. I am also excited to be grouped with Peter Braun, Sharon Caulfield, and State Senator Rollie Heath. This week, I reflected on what it means to me as a black woman to […]

Black History Month – Strange Fruit

You may have heard Billie Holiday sing about Strange Fruit. Or, you may have heard the version on Sons of Anarchy sung by Katey Sagal. But, did you know what inspired the song? During the summer of 1930, James Cameron nearly lost his life. At 16 years old, he and two other teenage companions were […]

Celebrating Juneteenth

Juneteenth is a celebration that may be unfamiliar to those outside of Texas.  So, what is Juneteenth and why is it important? Juneteenth marks the time in 1865 when slaves in Texas finally found out they were free. Wait a second, weren’t the slave freed with the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863? Yes. But the word […]

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