My gift to Chicago's Newberry Library will keep giving to researchers and anyone interested in Chicago history for generations to come.
Chauvin's conviction on three counts, two for murder and one for manslaughter, account for a 1 in 2000 chance that a police officer will be convicted. We must work and support truth-telling among police for African Americans to gain any real trust in policing.
I posted this essay last year on Martin Luther King Day. What I write about still stands today, but what a difference a year makes in our greater understanding of Black Lives Matter and the inequities wrought by the coronavirus.
With fires raging along our entire West Coast, flooding from hurricanes, and unprecedented heat, a climate specialist sees "bluelining" as the new "redlining."
I had never heard of Juneteenth. It never came up in any aspect of my education, not in grade school, high school, nor college; not in general history, Social Studies, nor American History. I guess the wisdom of textbooks and curricula for all our country's youth was to ignore that enslaved African Americans living in Texas had never learned that they'd been freed by the Emancipation Proclamation, declared two and a half years prior to their hearing about it.