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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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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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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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Who Killed Medgar Evers?

It took us over a year to arrange the moment and the minutes felt like hours when the elevator bell rang and the doors silently slid open. I first met Myrlie Evers at the Atlanta airport in 2011. It was the briefest of encounters which I know she doesn’t remember. We were both heading to…

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Blame the Adults

“I don’t blame the kids. I blame the adults.” The silence hung in the air as I uttered those words to the principal of Weber High School in Utah. The President of the NAACP Salt Lake City Chapter recommended that he watch “The Uncomfortable Truth” and put us in contact with each other. I thanked…

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The Joan Trumpauer Mulholland Teacher Award

One of the goals of the Joan Trumpauer Mulholland Foundation is to inspire students to make a difference in their world, to be civically minded. Joan Trumpauer Mulholland was an educator for 30 years and strived to do this everyday in her classroom. We know that teachers have a great opportunity to impact many lives…

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Which America Is It?

Hanging on the wall in kitchen of Civil Rights Veteran, Joanne Blackmon Bland’s home is a calendar of President Obama. “Yeah, I like looking at that,” Joanne says in her weary but full voice. It’s a bit raspy at times, worn out from decades of fighting for her rights. She was eleven when she marched…

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