Black People


Po-Po-Poetry – Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine 3

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine won the PEN Open Book Award and the PEN Literary Award, the NAACP Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry.  It was my great pleasure to see Claudia Rankine recently at Emerson College in Boston.  She spoke On Whiteness – […]


Friends whose family I can’t meet – racists in the family 25

Turns out I have friends who have racists in the family. About 30 or so years ago, I worked with a vivacious and gregarious woman (White) at Boston City Hospital right before it became the Boston Medical Center.  She was moving from Dorchester to a house she had in South […]


The 13th – Director Ava DuVernay’s documentary for Netflix 6

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. —The 13th Amendment, passed by Congress on January 31, 1865, ratified by the states on December 6, 1865 […]


In despair about disparities 5

So, you’ve invited to the meeting, convening, conversation or whatever the hell  it’s being called this time – Striving for Social Justice, Calling out Inequalities,  Candid  Conversations, City-wide Dialogues,..Sometimes the event is public. Other times it is by special invitation. You’ve been hand-selected to attend.  (What will the door prize […]


To be real about resilience 9

I’ve listened to many keynote speakers, presenters and panelists talk about the importance of resiliency over the years for Blacks, other people of color, poor people and women.  What I’ve yet to hear is a speaker getting real about resilience: the tools they used, the situations they faced and who/what […]