The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was held August 28, 1963. It was the day after I turned nine, two months before my family moved from Pasadena to Oxnard and three months before President John F. Kennedy was … Continue reading Dying of a Curable Disease
A nation that silences stories, ignores, obscures, and criminalizes history; a country that continues to capitalize on the exploitation, exclusion, and expulsion of the most vulnerable through indoctrination, manipulation, and abuse is playing a deadly game of roulette on the edge of its own sword. Continue reading “It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment.”
It was 59 years ago that Dr. ML King, Jr. declared from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, that we had come to cash a check marked insufficient funds. But we refused to believe that the bank of justice is … Continue reading Has That Check Cleared Yet?
I entered the church to preach. It was a nondescript building. A steepled church situated on green space, one of the largest in town. The building could have been on a postcard if someone was selling postcards of churches. I … Continue reading What Time Is It?
We have a record in the past of building out a nation with the presumed intention of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Or so we were told in our civics classes in our schools, classes that were designed … Continue reading A More Perfect Union
This past month has been a roller coaster of exhaustion and anger for many reasons, but there are a few identity pieces that collided this month in such a way that I am still metaphorically brushing off the rubble they … Continue reading Who Is Protected In A Dark Room?
The only African-American member of our small church died this year. My entire family grieves his loss. When I told my ten-year-old son that Loy had passed away, my son cried out with a pang of sorrow, “But he was … Continue reading The Only Black Person in the Sanctuary
A Bridge to Where? “I didn’t tell you about my family? I thought I told you about them.”I felt it was a strange question that he was asking. It was our second meeting. The way he asked the question had … Continue reading A Bridge To Where?
By Carl McRoy Legendary boxing champ, “Iron” Mike Tyson, recently launched a new brand of snacks. “Mike Bites” are earlobe-shaped marijuana edibles with a bite missing from the ear –a painfully obvious reference to when he bit Evander Holyfield’s ear … Continue reading Mike Bites Strange Fruit