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You Are What You Think

You are what you think and you think what you know but we don’t know what we don’t know. Have you ever thought about what you do know and how that governs what you do? What if what we think we know isn’t the whole story? In the absence of knowledge what fills in the…

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September 2018

Happy School Year! We’re excited for a new school year and hope you are too. I know many of you have already started but, for me, the school year in Virginia was always the day after Labor Day. It was called the King’s Dominion rule. It would be nice to say that it followed some…

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May/June 2018

Our “slow months” don’t seem to exist anymore and that’s a great problem to have! Before I jump into a recap of the various events that have transpired over the past two months I want to first let you all know of a very exciting development. Over the past couple of years I have had…

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Stirring Up America’s Soul

I recently had a discussion with a fellow white American who had just learned about my mother, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, and her work in the Civil Rights Movement. He said, “I always thought it was unfortunate that we didn’t learn more about black history.” I tested him a little, “You mean American history?” He was…

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Are We Teaching Our Students to be Racist?

The room was packed with high school and college students at the Utah Valley University. We had just completed a 75-minute session on racism and the power of the individual to step out of their comfort zone and make a difference and now we were about to start a 75-minute Q&A. There was a restless energy…

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March/April 2018

A lot can happen in two months and it happens so fast that you look up and realize you haven’t written your monthly newsletter. February started off with a drive to Boise, ID just three days after returning from the Region 4 Conference in Houston, TX. In Idaho we had a screening of the award-winning…

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Black Panther, White Denial

The parking lot was mostly empty for the 10:15am screening of the “Black Panther” Saturday morning as my son and I pulled into the theater in Pleasant Grove, Utah. We got in line at the concession stand because, yes, even at 10:15am I’m eating popcorn at a movie. The only black person in the entire…

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Meet Them Where They Are

“The most important audience is the one that’s there,” I told my mother before we went on stage in Puyallup, WA. That night it was a full house with several hundred people. Another night, in Ohio, only 15 students showed up to listen to my mother speak. In Utah, it was 2,000. The other night in…

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February 2018

Civil Rights Activist and Freedom Rider, Luvaghn Brown, once told me that he didn’t believe in celebrating Black History Month, “It’s not black history. It’s the black experience in American History. Plus, why only give it one month. It’s not like everything happened in just one month.” Nonetheless, February is an opportunity for us to…

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