How Might We Encourage Black Students to Study Science?

On February 12, 1900, five hundred school children in Jacksonville, Florida performed what would become known as the Black National Anthem, one of my favorite songs to sing in church. Lift every voice and singTill earth and heaven ring,Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;Lift Every Voice and Sing, James Weldon Johnson Ever since the murder … Continue reading How Might We Encourage Black Students to Study Science?

Are Institutions and Businesses Engaging in Performance Activism?

The Relationship Manager and Lending Specialist for the local branch of Bank of America called my house. Fortunately, I wasn't home. But my husband, who never picks up a phone, answered and later dutifully gave me a message. What did she want? I asked him. That's when he became my recognizable husband again. I don't … Continue reading Are Institutions and Businesses Engaging in Performance Activism?

Have We Become Documentary Filmmakers?

BBC reporter Joshua Nevett wrote an interesting piece about people who have dared to record moments of police brutality. Nevett begins by writing about 17-year-old Darnella Frazier, the young woman who had the presence of mind to film what would eventually become the murder of George Floyd. The story reminded me of an ethical discussion … Continue reading Have We Become Documentary Filmmakers?

Can Police Departments Evolve?

Yesterday, this quote from Former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson appeared in my Twitter feed. “We are recruiting across our nation’s police forces far too many people who are not there to protect and serve, and preserve the peace — but are there to be the neighborhood bully.”https://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/protests-for-racial-justice-sweep-the-nation-84652101870 My first, non-Officer Friendly, police encounter … Continue reading Can Police Departments Evolve?

Why is the Adoption of a Child Forever?

Somewhat lost among the news stories last week about the pandemic and the murder of George Floyd, appeared the story about YouTube Influencer Myka Stauffer and her now former son, Huxley. Yes, that's a weird statement isn't it? Former son. I find social media influencers problematic. Many of them love the stardom; companies see money … Continue reading Why is the Adoption of a Child Forever?