I'm looking to follow the lead of Dr. Olivia Hooker, who fought to become the first African-American woman to enlist in the U.S. Coast Guard, and build a 21st-century Coast Guard workforce that draws upon the richness of all Americans. We must continue our efforts to be a more inclusive organization that attracts a diverse workforce.
In Mississippi ,at least, the civil rights movement was not primarily about desegregating schools or removing separate waiting rooms, water fountains and other symbols of racial apartheid. Its fundamental thrust was registering and organizing voters to dismantle a system of white supremacy upheld by state-sponsored terrorism.
On a Monday morning in January 1979, my boss Jerry Toobin, the news and public affairs director at WNET, New York City's public TV station, walked into our work area and said to me and my fellow cubicle mates, "Bill Moyers would like to talk with Prince Sihanouk. Anybody got an idea how to find him?"