Category: courage

  • Courage

    In her book Small Things Like These, Claire Keegan calls for us to act with courage. “Was it possible to carry on along through all the years, the decades, through an entire life, without once being brave enough to go against what was there and yet call yourself a Christian, and face yourself in the…

  • The Right Fight

    Eddie Bernice Johnson “taught me that the fight for good is rarely easy, but it is always right,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in his eulogy for Eddie Bernice Johnson. Eddie Bernice Johnson overcame many of the obstacles faced by women and by Black women to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives from…

  • Focus on the work

    “One of the things she taught me: ‘Don’t focus on the title, focus on the work,’’’ Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in his eulogy for Eddie Bernice Johnson. Eddie Bernice Johnson overcame many of the obstacles faced by women and by Black women to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to…

  • The story of a Black woman

    Eddie Bernice Johnson, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 2023, overcame many of the obstacles faced by Black women.

  • To be seen

    The thing we want most is to be seen in our fullest,” says David Brooks, The New York Times columnist. “The thing we fear most is to be seen at our fullest.” I heard Brooks speak recently at Arts & Letters Live in Dallas. His new book is How to Know a Person—The Art of…

  • What we do today

    One in three women across the country cannot get abortion care in their state, according to Planned Parenthood. “The rights we have over the next 20 years will be determined by what we do today,” says Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood. “This is the fight we must have.”

  • Do something!

    Catherine Burks-Brooks was 21 in 1961 when she joined a group of Black and white activists riding a bus through the segregated South. At 11, the Black girl had refused to step out of the way to let white pedestrians pass on the sidewalk. As a teenager, she once threw “Colored” sign off a city…

  • Politics and conscience

    Lincoln’s motives were moral as well as political—a reminder that our finest presidents are those committed to bringing a flawed nation closer to the light, a mission that requires an understanding that politics divorced from conscience is fatal to the American experiment in liberty under law. That’s what Jon Meacham concludes in his book And…

  • Common rights and respect

    In his book about Abraham Lincoln–And There Was Light, John Meacham writes: “This book charts Lincoln’s struggle as he defined it within the political universe he and his country inhabited—not to celebrate him for moral perfection, for he was morally imperfect, but to illustrate that progress comes when Americans recognize that all, not just some,…

  • Independent thinker?

    No many of us are independent thinkers, concludes Bret Stephens in The New York Times. “There are very few people who don’t see themselves as independent thinkers. There are even fewer people who are. Most people just want to belong, and the most essential elements of belonging are agreeing and conforming.”