“For far too long – since the birth of our republic, we have separated Racism from Domestic Terrorism by choice and design. Both realities denied – too painful to admit, too revealing to study and too political to legislate.”
“The true test of the American ideal is whether we’re able to recognize our failings and then rise together to meet the challenges of our time. Whether we allow ourselves to be shaped by events and history, or whether we act to shape them. Whether chance of birth or circumstance decides life’s big winners and losers, or whether we build a community where, at the very least, everyone has a chance to work hard, get ahead, and reach their dreams.”
America! The quality of life is always on the ballot, each and every time we vote with conscience, emotional intelligence and moral courage.
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“A version of America is dying. We hear its death rattle, loud and violent. But a new America is desperately trying to be born. We are its midwives. We have the responsibility to imagine America anew. Will we do so, or will we turn our backs once again?”
Eddie Glaude Jr. In His Own Words – on MSNBC Kasie DC – June 7, 2020
Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is an American academic. He is the chair of the Department of African American Studies and the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University.
I call upon you to draw from the depths of your being to prove that we are a human race. To prove that our love outweighs our need to hate. That our compassion is more compelling than our need to blame. That our sensitivity to those in need is stronger than our greed. That our ability to reason overcomes our fear. And that at the end of each of our lives, we can look back and be proud that we have treated others with the kindness, dignity, and respect that every human being deserves. Thank you and God bless.
Elizabeth Taylor’s acceptance speech (closing) at the 1993 Oscars on receiving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
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University of Denver – The Morgridge College of Education
Author of award-winning research into the aftermath of the
Columbine shootings and other tragedies, Mears is internationally known for her
work in support of communities, schools, and families devastated by traumatic
events. The gateway approach, her innovative design for qualitative research,
is widely used by researchers seeking to learn from the experiences of others.
“The Morgridge College of Education encourages original thinking and making a positive difference in the lives of others. First-rate faculty provide an intellectually stimulating environment and prepare students to make their work both meaningful and practical. I deeply appreciate MCE’s support of my efforts to transform research into practice that helps people reclaim their lives after experiencing trauma.”
Dr. Mears is an honored contributor to Diversity-Threads.com – [dt]
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Joy Harjo, award-winning poet, author, musician and a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, has been named the 23rd U.S. poet laureate.
Harjo, 68, will represent both her Indigenous culture and those of the United States of America when she succeeds Tracy K. Smith as the country’s 23rd poet laureate consultant in poetry (that’s the official title) this fall. Her term, announced in June by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, will make her the first Native American poet to serve in the position.
Congratulations to Joy Harjo, an honored contributor to Diversity-Threads.com – [dt]
“There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.”
“Toni Morrison was a national treasure, as good a storyteller, as captivating, in person as she was on the page. Her writing was a beautiful, meaningful challenge to our conscience and our moral imagination. What a gift to breathe the same air as her, if only for a while.”