A Prayer for the Mothers

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 […]

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BOOK CLUB: Unbroken

I finally took the plunge and read Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken last month. Since the time it was published in 2010, it seemed everyone and their brother was reading it and raving about it. I kept putting it off, because I wasn’t sure I could handle reading about the brutality experienced by Louis Zamperini, the subject […]

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Will We Listen to Trayvon?

“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 […]

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BOOK CLUB: The Hiding Place

“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 […]

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Don’t Miss ‘Freedom Riders’ Tonight

Fifty years ago, on May 4, 1961, thirteen Americans—7 black, 6 white—departed Washington, D.C., on Greyhound and Trailways buses with the intent of challenging Jim Crow travel laws in the Deep South. They called themselves the Freedom Riders. Eventually 450 different people—75% of them under the age of 30—would take part in the months-long journey. Their final […]

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