There Is Nothing New Under the Sun: History Just Keeps Repeating Itself – Part II


The War Between the States (aka The Civil War) Last week, I watched the landmark documentary, “Ken Burns’ The Civil War,” which has been restored in celebration of its 25th anniversary. I have seen this series numerous times since its first appearance in 1989. However, in view of recent events in the realm of race … More There Is Nothing New Under the Sun: History Just Keeps Repeating Itself – Part II

There Is Nothing New Under the Sun: History Just Keeps Repeating Itself – Part I


“Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing?” —Psalm 2:1, New King James Version (NKJV) I have always been a history buff; it was my favorite subject throughout school, and it remains a beacon in my life as I struggle—like everyone else—to understand the present. Old sayings such as “Those who … More There Is Nothing New Under the Sun: History Just Keeps Repeating Itself – Part I

Atticus Finch Is NOT a Racist…But He’s Not the True Hero of the Story, Either!


In late July, I took advantage of my bookstore membership discounts and ordered both To Kill a Mockingbird (TKAM) and Go Set a Watchman (GSAW). I had seen the movie version of TKAM as a girl and I already owned a copy of the book that I’d read as a girl, but it was buried … More Atticus Finch Is NOT a Racist…But He’s Not the True Hero of the Story, Either!

The Civil War of 2015 – Part II: The Battle Over Monuments


He has loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword; His truth is marching on. —Battle Hymn of the Republic In the three weeks that led to South Carolina’s historic decision to remove the Confederate flag from the State House grounds, no reasonable person-on-the-street was asking for other Confederate symbols, such as monuments, to … More The Civil War of 2015 – Part II: The Battle Over Monuments

The Civil War of 2015 – Part I: Ding-Dong, The Flag Is Gone


The Emanuel Nine Massacre in Charlotte, South Carolina has forced America to finally come to grips with one of the ugliest facets of its 239-year history: The War Between the States (aka The Civil War)—and, more importantly, the scourge of Racism, which has always been at the heart of American History. When I look back … More The Civil War of 2015 – Part I: Ding-Dong, The Flag Is Gone

Baltimore UpRising: The Struggle Continues – 3


Part III: What’s Really Going On? On May 31, 2015, all the news reports were about the surge in violence in Baltimore during the month of May—a homicide rate not seen in decades, and nonfatal shootings increased, too. That day, and over the past week, I’ve had conversations (via Facebook) with a few friends from … More Baltimore UpRising: The Struggle Continues – 3

Baltimore UpRising: The Struggle Continues – 2


Part II: How Did We Get Here? “We have time-warped back to 1971—when Marvin Gaye’s song, “What’s Going On” first came out—and 1972—the ‘last’ time Baltimore was in such a seemingly lawless state!” —Baltimore UpRising: The Struggle Continues Part I: What’s Going On?!? Fifty years ago, Baltimore was not unlike Ferguson, Missouri, in that black … More Baltimore UpRising: The Struggle Continues – 2

Baltimore City Moving Forward: Justice for Freddie Gray


Within the last few hours, Baltimore City took an important step forward in our pursuit of Justice for Freddie Gray. The Baltimore City State’s Attorney announced that 6 Baltimore Police Department officers have been criminally charged in the homicide death of Mr. Gray. Charges range from reckless manslaughter (not premeditated), assault, misconduct, and other charges, carrying a … More Baltimore City Moving Forward: Justice for Freddie Gray