Amid the hate-filled speech made manifest in cruelty, psychological and emotional trauma, and even murder, we know people can change. People can change: 1. When they know change is possible. 2. When they want to change. 3. When they know how to change.
We advocate for racial equity, allyship, and inclusion.
Our writers develop their stories from their unique experiences, gifts, talents, and perspectives. Part of what makes them so appealing is that it takes a special kind of person to want to write around the themes of racial equity, allyship, and inclusion. Especially today.
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Some people are unsure where to begin learning about the history of racism, its impact on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and related topics. To expand your mind, this list includes works by internationally renowned authors, classic novelists, and modern scribes.
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VOLUME 4 NUMBER 32: The ugly side of “allyship”; remembering Nichelle Nichols, Bill Russell, James Baldwin, and a quote by Toni Morrison.
I was never a sports fan, let alone a big basketball fan, but I knew of Bill Russell. How could anyone not know he was a multiple NBA champion?
We celebrate the life, literature, and legacy of the incomparable James Baldwin, one of America’s most impactful and prescient writers, and share works by John Metta, William Spivey, and Rebecca Hyman that honor Baldwin’s “A Letter to My Nephew.”
She was one of us, the incarnation of the beauty, intelligence, and poise we Black folks saw in our mothers, sisters, aunts, and cousins. Nichols represented all that society denied Black women could be.
VOLUME 4 NUMBER 31: Honoring the father of Orlando’s civil rights movement, Father Nelson Pinder; why it’s never too late to pursue your dreams; and Madison Pattin on the ongoing work of antiracism.
For Black People, Indigenous People, and People of Color, there’s a world of folks anticipating our failure. We don’t need to be one of them. Here’s a little something to hopefully prop you up and help you on your way.
VOLUME 4 NUMBER 30: Sherry Kappel on the people behind the headlines and hashtags; Jesse Wilson on the elusiveness of racial equality; and William Spivey on the difficulty in acknowledging systemic racism.
VOLUME 4 NUMBER 29: Clay Rivers on fireworks in Orlando before the fireworks show and a tribute to an LGBTQ icon.
I will always remember my friend with red hair—not because of his red hair, or because he could be the most infuriating person I ever knew at times, or even because he was the first gay activist I ever knew; but because he is part of the reason I’m a whole person.
VOLUME 4 NUMBER 28: Stephen Matlock on making allyship a reality; Sherry Kappel on supporting Black People through thick and thin; and Madison Pattin on helping white people discuss racism with family and friends.
VOLUME 4 NUMBER 27: Our Human Family, the SCOTUS, and Roe; Frederick Douglass’s 1852 assessment of July 4th’s meaning to the enslaved; Michael Greiner on a favorite strategy of the rich; and Ben Lane on the national anthem, Lady Liberty, and more.
The text of abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman Frederick Douglass’s July 5, 1852, speech in his hometown of Rochester, New York.