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The fruit of violence?

“”Let no one mistake us for the fruit of violence–but rather, that violence, having passed through the fruit, failed to spoil it,” writes Ocean Vuong, the author of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous.

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Reach back and help someone

“Our greatness has always come from people who expect nothing and take nothing for granted–folks who work hard for what they have, then reach back and help others after them,” Michelle Obama once said.

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We’re all in this together

“Here in America, we don’t let our differences tear us apart,” Michelle Obama once said. “Not here. Because we know that our greatness comes from when we appreciate each other’s strengths, when we learn from each other, when we lean on each other, because, in this country, it’s never been each person for himself or […]

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This terrible strain of forgetting

“Forgetting the past, or refusing to see it, to understand it and to grapple with it, is as sure a path as there is to tearing the present apart,” The Dallas Morning News editorial staff wrote on August 7, 2019. “It seems that today, as we mourn the death of the novelist Toni Morrison, we […]

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The courage to fly

“You wanna fly. You got to give up the shit that weighs you down,” Toni Morrison once said. Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, “a giant of modern literature,” died August 5, 2019.

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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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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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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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