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Challenge Complete!

Just over a month ago a co-worker and I were chatting about how rough life had been this year (only being March) and she suggested we try the 30 Days of Happiness Challenge.  Initially, I scoffed at the idea of any kind of challenge after having survived a fitness boot camp last year and when… Read More Challenge Complete!

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Day 19: Escape to Canada- Shadrach Minkins

If you relied solely on what is being taught in schools about Black history or what you can easily find on the internet, you would think Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, and Robert Smalls were the only “significant” escaped slaves.  Everyone who escaped and survived is significant but there was one who had an interesting story… Read More Day 19: Escape to Canada- Shadrach Minkins

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Day 13 – Too Black, Too Strong and Most Often, Misunderstood – The Black Panther Party

What comes to mind when you hear about the Black Panthers? Do you envision Afros, all black, leather jackets and berets, gangsters, intimidation, black power, radicalism, rifle toting men and women, violence, extremist, OR or do you think about what the intended mission was for this revolutionary party and consider why the government was determined… Read More Day 13 – Too Black, Too Strong and Most Often, Misunderstood – The Black Panther Party

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Day 12 – Can We Celebrate the Modern Heroes As Well?

While narrowing down the topics for today’s post I realized something rather disturbing about black history. After pages and pages of internet browsing I found a common theme – We (people writing, sharing and celebrating our history) seem to be stuck in time. While black men and women made great contributions to American society throughout… Read More Day 12 – Can We Celebrate the Modern Heroes As Well?