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Let’s invite one another in

“In sharing my story, I hope to help create space for other stories and other voices, to widen the pathway for who belongs and why,” Michelle Obama says in her book Becoming. And, she adds, “Let’s invite one another in. Maybe then we can begin to fear less, to make fewer wrong assumptions, to let […]

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What was right for the country

Lyndon Johnson pushed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 through Congress. It made segregation illegal in most public accommodations—including restaurants and bus stations. LBJ knew what he was doing was right for Americans—but he also knew that it wasn’t a good political move for him or the Democratic Party. “I think we’ve just delivered the […]

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Three attributes of leaders

Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Leadership: In Turbulent Times, says that a president needs three attributes: • Humility—the understanding of your limitations • Empathy—the ability to understand other people—people from other races, backgrounds and classes • Resilience—character developed through a past history of failure and success “People don’t change fundamentally,” Goodwin said. “Everyone is broken […]

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Color or religion or place of birth

“To deny a man (or woman) his (or her) hopes because of his (or her) color or race, his (or her) religion or place of his (or her) birth is not only to do injustice, it is to deny America and to dishonor the dead who gave their lives for America’s freedom,” Lyndon Baines Johnson […]

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March ahead

“We must make the pledge that we will always march ahead,” Martin Luther King Jr. once said. I found this quote recently when I visited the LBJ Library in Austin. –Joy

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Look fear in the face

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face,” Eleanor Roosevelt once said. “You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’” We found this quote in Adam Hamilton’s book Unafraid.

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Fear and love

“There are two basic motivating forces—fear and love,” John Lennon once said. “All hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.” We found this quote in Adam Hamilton’s book Unafraid.

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What do we do now?

“If the opposite of love isn’t hate but indifference, then the antidote to hate is engagement,” writes Nancy Gibbs in the November 12, 2018, issue of Time magazine. “Leadership will come from uncountable individual decisions to model kindness, to fight alienation, to get offline and into the streets or the classroom or the sanctuary and […]

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Behave as human beings

“So what do we do?” David Ulin asks in his book The Lost Art of Reading—Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time. “Same as ever: we put our shoulders to the wheel. We help in whatever way is available to us, from each according to his or her needs. We afflict the comfortable and comfort […]

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Respond with hope

“The true act of resistance is to respond with hope….I am not without hope, not without spirit, although somedays such a posture is difficult. We remain, in spite of everything—the gerrymandering and the hacking and the voter suppression—a democracy….We have the right, the obligation, to vote and organize,” says David Ulin in his book The […]

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