As we approach the anniversary of the landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, on May 17th, the story of struggle and progress in Little Rock reminds us of the roots of Black youth activism in American racial history.
Our research and conversations have convinced us that the only "little" part of Little Rock is its name. This community is embracing its history, incredible cultural resources, and it's natural surroundings in a big way, all of which we'll explore in our future CityLove posts.
I was privileged to be in rooms full of people passionate about the obesity challenges in Arkansas and prepared to work hard. Everyone around me seemed realistic about the challenges and was lacing up his or her hiking boots accordingly.
To all of us, a Hillary Clinton presidency will be the fulfillment of something in our lives not yet accomplished. Her election would complete so many of our hopes and dreams and finally move our nation another step closer to that "more perfect union."
Hillary deserves to sit back, maybe even grab a quick nap, and have time to reflect on a life thus far well spent. She announced she will write a memoir of her time as Sec. of State. Friends who have written books tell me that isn't really a vacation. But for Hillary maybe it is.
I would have preferred my beautiful boy ask me a different question. Something like, "How did I get inside mommy's stomach when I was a baby?" As parent-child discussions go, Reproductive Biology is easier than race relations and the Civil Rights Movement.
The end of a racist nation cannot just come from an integration of races in schools, the workplace and politics. It must come from a very personal change in perception. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 changed the law, but it's the people that change a culture.