It’s August in Texas

Yikes! It is too hot today in Dallas for me to go on my afternoon walk. I will have to take a walk after dinner. Of course, I complain about the weather. But, soon, it will be cooler. Soon, summer will be over. I am reminded of a Shakespeare quote: “Summer’s lease hath all too […]

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Joy, like a pearl

James Lawson, the Civil Rights leader, read this Langston Hughes poem at John Lewis’ funeral services. I dream a world where man No other man will scorn, Where love will bless the earth And peace its paths adorn I dream a world where all Will know sweet freedom’s way, Where greed no longer saps the […]

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We will not be quiet

“Let all of the people of the USA determine that we will not be quiet as long as any child dies in the first year of life in the United States,” said James Lawson, Civil Rights leader, at John Lewis’ funeral service. “We will not be quiet as long as the largest poverty group in […]

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Celebrate women’s suffrage

Women won the right to vote 100 years ago in August 1920. Celebrate by wearing white. Suffragists often wore white dresses with yellow sashes. White represented purity of purpose, and yellow represented a new day dawning for women.

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Who can vote?

In 1891, the Illinois constitution declared: “Idiots, lunatics, paupers, felons and women shall not be entitled to vote.”

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Protest

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest,” Eli Wiesel once said.

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Hope

“Be hopeful,” John Lewis said. “Be optimistic. Never lose that sense of hope.” Lewis, a civil rights leader, died July 17, 2020.

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Trouble

“Get in good trouble, necessary trouble,” said John Lewis, the civil rights leader, who died July 17, 2020.

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Do something

“When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up,” said John Lewis. “You have to do something.” Lewis, a civil rights leader, died July 17, 2020.

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Trust in God

During the struggle for women’s suffrage, some men—and even some women—seemed to think that the Bible says that women shouldn’t vote. “Trust in God,” Emmeline Pankhurst said. “She will provide.”

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