August 18, 2017
What was a citizen’s council?

Over the years, people have questioned why does what it does: teach and honor African American history. We teach about people, events and problems that—sadly—schools fail to teach and that standard history books—again, sadly–fail to include. But our mission at is to keep history alive and to keep learning from history. And we […]

June 18, 2015
Be inspired: Attend a History Re-enactment

Hello history friends and welcome back to where we are remembering history and we’re making history too. So, today is the last part of this great and groundbreaking series on fun and easy ways to be inspired by history. Wow, we have covered a lot of ground during this series. We started, in Part […]

June 14, 2015
Be Inspired: Talk to the elders!

Note: This is a transcript of the podcast of the series, “6 Fun and Easy ways to be inspired by history“. You can find this series in the podcast section. Hello History Friends and welcome back to where we are remembering history and we’re making history! This is Robin and I’m so glad to […]

June 13, 2015
How to be inspired by history, Part II

Note: This is a transcript from the podcast of this series. The podcast can be found on this website and the Remembering History Podcast Page. Hello History Friends and welcome back to where we are remembering history and we’re making history. I’m glad that you have returned for this fantastic, trailblazing and incredibly amazing […]

June 12, 2015
How to be inspired by history, Part I

Last April, I posted a blog that discussed why I love history. (It was called “What Inspires Me” if you want to read it again.) Unequivocally, I answered that history inspires me. I love the stories, the people, the intrigue, struggles and the triumph. They all inspire me. History shows me that nothing happens in […]

September 28, 2014
An African American woman mistaken for a Scandinavian man! How can it happen and what does it mean?

While living in London, I had a doctor’s appointment. I completed the usual intake information, giving my name as Robin Koponen. (My full name is longer and I didn’t have enough space to put the full name on the form so I just used a shortened version.) Then I waited. The doctor finally called me […]

March 31, 2014
It happened again! Was it rude or racist?

A few weeks ago, I discussed a troubling experience in a restaurant when my husband and I were approached by two white men with their faces painted black for Carnival.  I discussed how deeply offended I was by their decision to wear such a costume and think that it was both appropriate and humorous.  On […]

March 26, 2014
Are you maladjusted?

Human beings can adjust to many things—some of them good, some not so good. We have to adjust to new circumstances like living in a new city, starting a new job, or the birth of a baby. Adjusting is sometimes a good thing, often a necessary thing, but occasionally it is harmful. When is adjusting […]

March 20, 2014
She made a difference. How you can make a difference too!

Sometimes, I wonder: Should I bother to complain? Should I bother to vote? Should I bother to recycle? Does it make a difference? Can one person (complainer, recycler, voter) really make a difference? I have to answer with a resounding: Yes! With more than six billion people in the world, it is easy to feel […]

March 16, 2014
Is it Racism? Is it Ignorance? How to Handle Both!

Recently, my husband and I were eating in a restaurant in the heart of Brussels. Service was surprisingly good. Food was great. Atmosphere was calm and quiet. As we finished our bottle of Bordeaux, our conversation became increasingly intense as we discussed the communist party’s role in the civil rights movement in the first half […]