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Here’s to strong women: may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them. | Unknown

There are certainly many interpretations of prophet Isaiah’s scripture in which he speaks to God’s new kingdom where there will be peace and rest “and a little child will lead them.” Kamala Harris, our nation’s first woman of color as an African-American and Indian-American vice president, may not have held youthful dreams of one day occupying the White House but today that reality rings true. Vice president Harris has achieved a position that inspires millions of people — young and old — across the world. This historical accomplishment has secured her place in the hearts of many disenfranchised, oppressed, working…


Black Voices of Chapel Hill (NC) Share Their Wins

I could feel the anger starting before I even finished watching the media clip. A 14-year-old Black boy, the son of award-winning jazz artist Keyon Harrold, was being violated in the lobby of a boutique New York hotel by a White woman who claimed he had her smartphone. Another racial incident went viral because of the glaring abuse of privilege whereby irrationality disses a respect for life.

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Grammy-winner jazz artist, Keyon Harrold, with son who was accused of a smartphone theft on Dec. 26, 2020.

This trauma made me pause and think about how many times this year and in the past Blacks have observed or experienced acts of…


The Awakening. The Reckoning. After the George Floyd atrocity on May 25, 2020 and in the midst of an anticipated holiday season, America is now breathing again. People are asking questions and seeking answers to the mistreatment of particular communities. Covid-19 attention and precautions notwithstanding, the #BLM corporate statements, community billboards, witty social media posts, highly marketable and trendy t-shirts have been read and received by the nation.

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Photo by Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona

Leaders have adjusted their microphones to speak of equality and righting the wrongs of the past. Many citizens who were waiting rather patiently for change and even those protestors in the streets…


The Ultimate Guide to Selecting an Historically White College and University for the Elite Black Athlete

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“The art of decision making includes the art of questioning.”
Pearl Zhu

What never sleeps? Sports. Despite the shelter-in-place and safety protocols due to COVID-19 and the economic and racial equity protests across the United States, many Americans are still expending a great deal of time and attention to athletes and athletic competition. In fact, it is hard to deny the reality that the nation often takes its lead and accordingly acts based on the decisions of our sporting life. For example, did it not take the NBA to cease all of its games and related…


What Should White America Do Now? This.

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The alarm bell has rung. The 2x4 has been swung. The punch in the stomach has been felt. Now what? Yes, many citizens have awakened to the United States’ greatest challenge — applying the values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to the lives of Black Americans. The anti-blackness ideology and structural racism, which causes racially disparate outcomes in all systems, has disturbed the heartbeat of our country through the death of an unarmed and handcuffed African American man, George Floyd. People are angry. People are tired. People are in the…


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It’s funny how that mid-19th century phrase “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” still has a place in our memory today. Although meant to explain how physical harm is real and name-calling does not have the same impact, the idiom over time has been altered and often dismissed as being inappropriate and out of touch with societal mores. I never gave the expression much thought until I began my deeper journey and analysis into racial equity education. …


“… I believe that the maintenance of the rights and authority reserved to the states and to the people … are the safeguard to the continuance of a free government … whereas the consolidation of the states into one vast republic, sure to be aggressive abroad and despotic at home, will be the certain precursor of that ruin which has overwhelmed all those that have preceded it.” ― General Robert E. Lee, Confederate Army

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COVID-19 is real. The novel coronavirus has impacted the entire world as it does not discriminate based on race, gender, geographic location, or religion. With now…


Women’s History Month Feature

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It’s disturbing how these monthly tributes to overlooked heroes, sheroes, and history makers are lifted up by society for 30 days or less and then often tucked away to be ignored, dismissed or denied over the next 11 months. March is Women’s History Month and April is International Black Women’s History Month. The unsung stories being told draw us closer to the beauty of humanity and sacrifice for equality and justice. I have been inspired all of my life by amazing women. Last summer I began a beautiful sisterhood journey by participating in an intense life-changing…


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African-American Read-In program at Glenwood Elementary (Chapel Hill, NC)

Why Our Schools Don’t Work

Let’s be clear. The research on the failure of American schools has been quite alarming for decades. Prominent educational scholars, impassioned parents, overwhelmed teachers, and frustrated students all share a common disappointment regarding ineffective curriculum, poor consequences, and stifling culture in many locales across the country. Having attended the Orange County (NC) Strong School Board forum for candidates, I can now double-down on at least one very obvious reason why we can’t make progress — smart people aren’t always smart. When posed with the question: “Without defaulting to the easy answer of them both being…


“The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr.

One of the most triggering words to hear in the labor market is “fit” for a Black person seeking belonging and appreciation. It’s that f* word stated by a person with positional power that causes one to question belonging in an organization that on paper states a strong desire to have a diverse and inclusive community. “You have to fit in to be successful here.” When management mentions the importance of fit the red flags often go up because the translation means you are different, abnormal, and possibly non-conforming. And it’s doubly troubling and disturbing to find yourself wondering about…

Deborah Stroman

Professor. Advocate. Connector. “Inspiring Thought & Action.” www.dstroman.com

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