Juneteenth: Observing a Modern-Day Jubilee

Juneteenth: Observing a Modern-Day Jubilee

I was blessed to attend the White House signing ceremony on June 17 for the legislation making Juneteenth a national holiday. This was truly a blessing because my ancestors were enslaved to Michael Brabamour Menard, the founder of Galveston, Texas. They were religious...
Reaction & Response: Reparations for Black Americans

Reaction & Response: Reparations for Black Americans

In the aftermath of the Tulsa Race Massacre, a devastating wave of racial violence that decimated Black Wall Street in 1921, many Black Americans were not given the means to rebuild their businesses and restore the Greenwood district back to its former glory. The...
Even Death Valley Erupts with ‘Super Bloom’

Even Death Valley Erupts with ‘Super Bloom’

Valleys can be places of dryness and barrenness. For example, Death Valley, which straddles portions of Nevada and California, is famed for being one of the driest, harshest and most unforgiving places in the United States. It has earned its reputation of being a...
The Continuance of Hiding Truths

The Continuance of Hiding Truths

A local media outlet invited me to write a “letter to the ancestors,” in commemoration of Juneteenth. In the letter, I was asked to thank the ancestors for all that they gave in the hope that we would one day experience the freedoms and opportunities afforded others...