Two days before Michael Brown was shot dead in the streets of Ferguson, MO, I was watching old media footage surrounding the 1955 murder of Emmitt Till. I was struck by the grace and poise of Emmitt’s mother, Mamie Till Bradley. She insisted Emmitt’s funeral—attended by tens of thousands of mourners—be open-casket. She invited the […]Read More A Prayer for the Mothers
I appreciate all the fun comments and scoop you’ve shared (here and on Facebook) in response to my last post, about April’s Book Club selection, Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand. I wanted to write a little more, about one passage in the book that stood out to me. I don’t remember another point in the book […]Read More The Restoration of Dignity (Further Thoughts From ‘Unbroken’)
My heart holds a special place for the country of China and its peoples. So it was with great anticipation that I read through Chai Ling’s A Heart For Freedom in March for our book club.Maybe my expectations were set too high, but I felt a little disappointed in Chai’s book. I certainly found her […]Read More BOOK CLUB: A Heart For Freedom
“This morning new evidence has turned up in the case of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin…” New video footage. New recordings of 911 phone calls. New eyewitness accounts. And so again, we Americans get caught up in a news story about a tragedy, a violent death. If history repeats itself, we will spend […]Read More Will We Listen to Trayvon?
I’m not quite finished with The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. But I want to keep the book club on schedule, so I’m sharing my thoughts on it today anyway. His entire story has inspired me so far—as evidenced by the underlined passages on almost every page I’ve read! What a gift, to get […]Read More BOOK CLUB: The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
“We must tell people what we have learned here. We must tell them that there is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still. They will listen to us, Corrie, because we have been here.” So implored Corrie ten Boom’s sister as she lay ill as a prisoner at Ravensbruck concentration camp, during […]Read More BOOK CLUB: The Hiding Place
. George Lucas struggled for 23 years to make the movie “Red Tails.” The film is inspired by the true story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American military aviators to see combat, during World War II. The film is patriotic, inspirational, and action-packed. It stars Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding, Jr.Why? Because it features […]Read More Go See ‘Red Tails’ This Weekend!