Loyal and Critical: A Lesson Well Learned

Loyal and Critical: A Lesson Well Learned

Professor Bill Hoyt, chair of the department of religion and philosophy, returned what we students of old called “term papers” – pecked out on a typewriter and smeared with the brushed-on, corrective fluid branded as Wite-Out. It was my first research paper in an...
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...