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Constitution Day

September 17th is Constitution Day. Since African-Americans have worked so hard to make the promises in the Constitution a reality, they should use Constitution Day to mark their contributions to justice under law. But, most Americans never heard of Constitution Day.

On September 17, 1787, the date the U.S. Constitution was signed in Philadelphia, Black civil rights activist Prince Hall was protesting the exclusion of free Black children from public schools in Boston. African-Americans had been, and would continue, fighting for their Constitutional rights.


Protest

Ferguson shows there is still power in protest. In Ferguson, Missouri, hundreds marched after the shooting of Michael Brown, 18, Black, and unarmed, by a White officer. Standing face-to-face with police in full riot gear, the Ferguson protesters tapped into the power of protest similar to the days of the Civil Rights era.


The Civil Rights Act – 50 Years Later

Many died. Millions suffered. On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a Civil Rights Act outlawing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. America expected great change. Fifty years later, there is a difference. But, some things may never change.


My Trip to Cannes and Leidi, A Teen Mother

Staying out of prison. That’s my response to those who wonder why I push myself, unmercifully. Keeping busy takes my mind off injustice. So, for now, that’s why I am in France. No sleep, torrential rain, trying to remember when to shift gears in my rented Renault. Terrified, this time I may have pushed too hard. Clutch. Gas. Brake. But, I refuse to end up a tragic tourist story crashed on the side of a French highway. “Focus on my goals,” I chide myself. “Not my problems.” My goal is to attend the 67th Cannes Film Festival.


For Dr. King: Learn to Dream

An assassin took the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.. It was April 4, 1968. He gave his life implementing a plan for a better future. He had a plan then. We should have a plan now. Here is a plan – educating our way to a brighter future.

Since that shot rang out in Memphis, TN taking the life of Dr. King, the community has wandered without any real goal. Although many have tried to rekindle Dr. King’s dream, there was no real action plan that could meet the complex needs of African-Americans.


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