Bridges, marches and ‘foot soldiers’

May 11, 2015 by

I thought I knew the civil rights story, but a weeklong seminar with Hesston College students, faculty, staff and friends March 7-14 gave me much more. What I knew were the broad outlines, major events and...

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Dreams, deeds and the soul of Selma

Mar 9, 2015 by

Tens of thousands of Americans made the pilgrimage to Selma, Ala., March 7. They came to remember the sacrifices of everyday people who risked their lives to expand voting rights in this country. As President...

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By the Spirit, guided to the truth

Mar 2, 2015 by

Is that a true story? Did it really happen that way? The film Selma celebrates the civil rights march at Selma, Ala., and the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. Answering critiques about a few...

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How does race work?

Jan 27, 2015 by

Chances are you aren’t blatantly racist. I wouldn’t give much of my time if you tried to convince me I was. But does race still work in unique and particular ways to affect how we see and experience the...

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‘Selma’: Recognizing yesterday is today

Jan 16, 2015 by

Last night I went to see Selma, and I was absolutely enthralled. The artistry was beautiful. The actors authentic. The lines soul stirring. When the credits began to roll, I felt as if I had just been through...

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