Summer reading

Summer is a wonderful time for reading a good book. Henry Stevens once said, “Books are both our luxuries and our daily bread.” We found that quote in the Interabang Books online newsletter.

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Things that matter

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter,” Martin Luther King once said. I found this quote recently when I visited the “With Liberty and Justice for All” exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Detroit. –Joy

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Complete equality

“There will never be complete equality until women themselves help to make the laws and elect lawmakers,” Susan B. Anthony once said. I found this quote recently when I visited the “With Liberty and Justice for All” exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Detroit. –Joy

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Equal opportunities

“All human beings should have equal opportunities,” Rosa Parks once said. While I was in Detroit recently at the Henry Ford Museum, I sat in the bus that Rosa Parks sat in when she refused to move to the back. –Joy

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Freedom

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves,” Abraham Lincoln once said. I found this quote recently when I visited the “With Liberty and Justice for All” exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Detroit. –Joy

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Resist!

Happy Birthday to Walt Whitman, who is celebrating his 200th birthday this year. “Resist much, obey little,” Whitman once said. He was a life-long abolitionist and also a proponent of women’s rights.

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Speak with certainty

When you have an opinion, don’t say “I think” or “I feel,” advises Connie Schultz, a Pulitizer-Prize winning columnist and professional in residence at Kent State University school of journalism. “Those throwaway phrases…telegraph uncertainty and give others permission to ignore us.” Be confident. Say what you mean—with certainty.

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Ain’t I a woman?

Sojourner Truth becomes frustrated when men say women need to be helped into carriages and over puddles, but, really, are talking only about white women who lead sheltered lives. “Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or give me the best place!” she said. “And ain’t I a woman? Look at me! Look […]

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Tall within

This is my favorite Sojourner Truth quote: “I felt so tall within.” Sojourner Truth was tall—six feet tall, and she also was confident and courageous. She was tall within. Sojourner Truth was born a slave and sold from her parents when she was nine years old. Even though she never learned to read or write, […]

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A beautiful world

“What a beautiful world this would be, when we should see everything right side up,” Sojourner Truth once said. Truth also said: “Truth is powerful, and it prevails. Sojourner Truth was born a slave and sold from her parents when she was nine years old. Even though she never learned to read or write, she […]

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