For many people, Tommie Smith and John Carlos were just supposed to be entertainers who dazzled us with their speed. But with shoe-less feet, Human Rights Badges on their track suits, black gloved fists, and a long chain of beads around the neck, Tommie and John told the world that Black Lives Matter. In sock-clad […]
On Ash Wednesday, there is no better person to honor than Mr. Arthur Ashe! Yes, he was an amazing athlete who undoubtedly inspired lots of African American boys and girls to pick up tennis rackets. But we remember Arthur Ashe today because of his fearless efforts to end apartheid in South Africa. We honor him […]
By The Reverend Kimberly S. Jackson February 9, 2016 I knew him as Uncle Vincent. Others called him dad. Still others called him teacher, prophet, preacher and friend. Today I honor the man who truly believed that we can build a new world. In his revised version of “Jacob’s Ladder,” Dr. Vincent Harding taught us that in […]
For the first Sunday in Black History Month, we celebrate Pauli Murray, the first African American female ordained in the Episcopal Church. A non-gender conforming, Civil Rights attorney, poet, and co-founder of the National Organization for Women (NOW), Pauli is celebrated as a saint in the Episcopal Church. While we doubt that she will ever […]
As thousands of Georgians brace themselves for the possibility of losing their Food Stamps, we pause on this 6th day in Black History month to celebrate the life and legacy of Mrs. Ethel Mae Matthews. Ms. Matthews was one of the most passionate, strategic and successful poverty rights advocates from Atlanta’s Peoplestown Neighborhood. Affiliated with Emmaus House, Ms. […]
Here at the Center, we recently had a discussion over dinner about people who are intersex. So, today, we honor Sean Saifa Wall. Saifa courageously shares his story with parents and pediatric physicians. In an era where binaries reign, Saifa demands that we recognize the complexity of the human body, and stretches the human imagination. We salute […]
Today marks our 3rd day in Black History month. As Georgia Legislators talk to campus officials about sexual assault on college campus, we pause to honor Anita Hill. We celebrate her for her courage and dignity, and for daring to tell her story in front of a country that really wasn’t ready to hear it.
On this 2nd day of Black History month, we celebrate a fellow South Carolinian and anti-death penalty advocate, The Honorable Ernest A. Finney, Jr. Judge Finney was the first African American to serve as chief justice of the South Carolina supreme court. As the state of Georgia stands ready to execute Mr. Brandon Jones tonight at […]