Trayvon Martin

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 […]

May 7, 2015
The United State of African Americans

As an African American woman living in Belgium, there are times when I feel very disconnected. Often, I am the only Black person in the room—it is very rare that there is another African American in the room unless it is my son. See Am I the Only One? Other times, I’m the only American. […]

March 24, 2015
Finding the Words

Sometimes, there are no words I just saw the movie, Selma, and was moved by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King. That was no surprise. His words were relevant in the 1960s and they remain relevant now. Again, this is not a surprise. Dr. King was one of the most quotable people in history […]

February 13, 2015
Hatred, Dehumanisation or a Parking Space?

Portrait of the “new” hate crime: Three young adults in Chapel Hill. Deah Shaddy Barakat was a 23-year old dental student. His 21-year old wife, Yusor Mohammed, was also training to be a dentist. Her sister, Razan Mohammed Abu-Salha, was a 19-year student at North Carolina State. They all were shot in the head in […]

January 9, 2015
Why everyone should be Charlie

Sitting here in my living room in Brussels, I am watching the news updates about the attack and killings at Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris. The suspected gunmen remain at large, right now in a supermarket (possibly with hostages). The town is surrounded by police. Their capture is inevitable. Yet the important part of the story […]

December 9, 2014
How to get your breath back–and make a difference!

It takes MY breath away!  That sentence usually refers to something or someone that has affected you so deeply that you simply cannot speak. It can be something great, exciting, or even romantic. In this case, it is tragic. My breath has been taken away by the continuing violence by the police against African Americans…and […]