Body Peace

My body is not the enemy. I will not pull my hair when I see yours or ask my curls to straighten up and act right. I will not scratch my eyes out because they are not blue or green. I will not cut off my nose to spite my face because it does not […]

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Howard Thurman’s When the Song of the Angels is Stilled

When the song of the angels is stilled, When the star in the sky is gone, When the kings and princes are home, When the shepherds are back with their flocks, The work of Christmas begins: To find the lost, To heal the broken, To feed the hungry, To release the prisoner, To rebuild the […]

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Somebody’s got to dream

With the world and all its ways Leaders and people misbehave Somebody’s got to be in a daze Somebody’s got to dream.   With the world and all its violence Screaming, shouting, fighting the silence Somebody’s got to provide guidance Somebody’s got to dream.   With the world and its pride Pretending, lying, trying to […]

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June Jordan’s In Memoriam: Martin Luther King Jr.

I honey people murder mercy U.S.A. the milkland turn to monsters teach to kill to violate pull down destroy the weakly freedom growing fruit from being born America tomorrow yesterday rip rape exacerbate despoil disfigure crazy running threat the deadly thrall appall belief dispel the wildlife burn the breast the onward tongue the outward hand […]

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Trayvon Martin: Blackness and Halloween Costumes

Trayvon Martin.  Most Americans know his name and the story of his death.  But, now his name is strangely associated with Halloween.  Apparently, some persons think that it is acceptable to dress like a dead child and in blackface, no less.  I cannot even begin to describe the callousness of those who think it good fun […]

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She Is Woman: A Tribute to Mothers

Let the praise of mothers around the world and around the corner, from amateur to sage, to every mother at every stage continue.  I present to you, “She is woman.” She is woman; “hear her roar.” Hear her confess her faults, declare her intent, make vows of fidelity and coo as she looks into the […]

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Howard Thurman’s I will light candles this Christmas

“The light shines in darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.” ~ John 1.5, NRSV In the midst of the seemingly unending and untraceable darkness of racism, I find hope in the light of Christ.  He is the Light of the world and we are called to bear witness to Him no matter how […]

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