Juneteenth. A Day of History, Pride, and Cultural Identity

By Damita MIller-Shanklin Sources: NHPR, Golden West College “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are … Continue reading Juneteenth. A Day of History, Pride, and Cultural Identity

Viewpoint

By Damita Miller-Shanklin The month of February has always been designated as Black History Month. I remember in school every year, we got lessons on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and for the most part that was the two names, I identified black history month.  As I grew into adulthood, I realized we had many other people fighting for our freedom, including women.  … Continue reading Viewpoint

Celebrating Maude Ballou

Stanford The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute Marting Luther King, Jr birthday is celebrated on January 15th. His birthday is remembered through oratory presentations, parades, and other events. It’s a time the community comes together to reflect on how Dr. King fought for our rights and freedoms.  When you see photos of Dr. King, he is surrounded by men he trusted and … Continue reading Celebrating Maude Ballou

Our Freedom

As the sands of time equipped us with fortitudes of rights we developed hearts of love. No longer allowing the grave to be our mentor, our life became a monument of inspirations. Engraving the unsolicited effects that bound our minds, our discourse reined with theaters of solutions. You tried to silence our spirit with your salutations of speeches that were not worthy of swines. Your … Continue reading Our Freedom