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Remembering Emmett Till
August 28, 2020

Emmett Till was a 14-year-old boy from Chicago who traveled to Mississippi in August of 1955 to visit relatives. He was accused of flirting with the white married daughter of a grocery store owner. A few days after the alleged incident, Till was abducted, tortured, lynched and thrown in the...

Remembering Civil Rights Champions
July 27, 2020

In the space of months, America has lost three giants, Elijah Cummings, C.T. Vivian and John Lewis. All are now “dancing with the angels,” to quote Cummings. Now the nation begins to celebrate the life and legacy of Congressman Lewis through a series of ceremonies and tributes. And,...

June 19, 2020

On 19 June 1865, Union troops reached the most remote corner of the Confederacy and read aloud the text of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. The landmark pronouncement by the nation’s 16th president freed the slaves in all areas occupied by Union soldiers....

Lincoln Memorial
June 3, 2020

There is a plague in our land. Perhaps you assume that I am writing about the novel coronavirus. Actually, I am thinking of an older and even more virulent plague, the scourge of racism. Historians long have thought of this as America’s “original sin,” the terrible injustice...

Memorial Day Reflections
May 22, 2020

Memorial Day is a federal holiday, a time set aside for remembering those who served the nation as members of the military. In the hometown of my childhood, this was a weekend set aside for delivering cemetery flowers, gathering for patriotic ceremonies and the spring’s final concert by the...