Archive: Aug 2013

  1. Reflection of the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” Speech

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    Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.
    Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice.
    Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God’s children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.

    Excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s  “I Have A Dream” speech.

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    Today is the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  Dr. King’s speech was a pivotal moment for the Civil Rights Movement, and has influenced generations long after that historical moment on the National Mall.  To watch videos and view photographs from that day and to hear his strong voice declare the dream he had for this country truly sends chills down one’s spine.  Dr. King was a masterful speaker, and that speech solidified his importance to not only civil rights, but being considered a leader throughout the world because his message was universal to all.

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  2. Celebrating the One Month Launch of Ramp Your Voice!

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    This week marks one month since the launch of the website!

    I truly cannot believe that one month has flown by since the official launch of Ramp Your Voice!  Creating this website has been both a learning and humbling experience for me.  I’m “finessing” (as a good friend of mine would say) the website week after week, making it so that it will attract national and worldwide attention and be viewed as an outstanding model for what a budding disability movement looks like.  Ramp Your Voice! is still in its early stages, but from the comments I have received from those I know & others I do not, it is indeed gaining supporters and recognition for filling in the gap with its main purpose.   (more…)

  3. Sneak Peek at My Alumni Profile as an AAMS Minor in Undergrad

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    Showing my WU Pride!

    Last month, I received an email asking me if I would be willing to discuss why I minored in African American Studies (AAMS) during my undergraduate career.  I jumped at the opportunity because (1) one of my favorite professors recommended me for this, and (2) I’m absolutely PROUD to have been an AAMS Minor.  So, I sent my mini “interview,” and the contact from the Dept. of Interdisciplinary Studies was very pleased with my responses, and my professional aspirations.

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  4. Why Representation Matters in Children’s Books & Media

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    Well, when I was nine years old, Star Trek came on.  I looked at it and I went screaming through the house, ‘Come here, hum, everybody, come quick, come quick, there’s a black lady on television and she ain’t a maid!’  I knew right then and there I could be anything I wanted to be.

    Quote by Whoopi Goldberg.

    The reason why representation matters in children’s books and media is stressed greatly through Whoopi’s response to seeing a woman of color on television who did not depict stereotypical roles of African American women during that time.  When I ran across this posting on Tumblr, it resonated with the moment I had last week when I received my 1st book that depicted a character with a disability.  At almost 28 years old, I’ve never read a book where the protagonist was a person with a disability.  Even more shocking; I’ve never read a children’s book with a disabled female character as the lead.

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  5. Happy Birthday, Mr. President!

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    Today’s President Barack Obama’s 52nd birthday.  Though my goal is to remain politically neutral on the website, I had to share with you all the photo the President & I took 5 1/2 years ago, in honor of his birthday.

    Then Sen. Barack Obama & I after his campus campaign rally at Winthrop University (my alma mater).  This was taken January 2008.

    Then Sen. Barack Obama & I after his campus campaign rally at Winthrop University (my alma mater). This was taken January 2008.

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