Marching toward Gilead

Margaret Atwood wrote in The Handmaid’s Tale that “nothing changes instantaneously: in a gradually heating bathtub, you'd be boiled to death before you knew it.” Two recent stories from the US Department of Justice and... Read More

The Life and Times of Butterfly McQueen

“As my ancestors are free from slavery, I am free from the slavery of religion.” –Butterfly McQueen, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 8, 1989 Butterfly McQueen was born Thelma MacQueen in Tampa, Florida, in January 1911. Her... Read More

Hey, Betsy, Leave Them Kids Alone

If you’re an avid Simpsons fan like me, you’ll recall the time Ned Flanders, the religious “neighboroni” to the Simpson family, becomes the principal of the elementary school. Flanders leads the school in a simple... Read More

What Martin Luther King Jr. Taught Me

As we get closer to Black History Month I often find myself looking for information beyond what I like to call “Commercial Black History.” What do I mean by this? Well, it’s the histories trotted... Read More