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

Ella Baker

Born in 1903 in Norfolk, Virginia, Ella Baker became involved in political activism in the 1930s. She organized the Young Negroes Cooperative League in New York City and later became a national director for the NAACP. In 1957, Baker joined the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, whose first president was Martin Luther King. Ella Baker was one of the leading figures in the civil rights movement … Continue reading Ella Baker