“We do know what makes life worth living. The people we lost in Aurora loved and were loved. They were mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters, friends and neighbors.
They had hopes for the future and they had dreams that were not yet fulfilled … a reminder that life is very fragile. Our time here is limited and it is precious. And what matters at the end of the day is not the small things, not the trivial things that so often consume us in our daily lives.
Ultimately, it’s how we choose to treat one another and how we love one another. It’s what we do on a daily basis to give our lives meaning and give our lives purpose. … What we remember will be those we loved, and what we did for others. That’s why we’re here.”” —President Obama
April 11, 1968
President Johnson signed a the 1968 Housing Act which outlawed discrimination in the sale, rental or leasing of housing. This bill also made it a crime to interfere with civil rights workers and to cross state lines to incite a riot.
I came across a fascinating 1984 Paris Review interview with James Baldwin a few weeks ago and became obsessed with knowing more about him and reading more of his work.
Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom by Catherine Clinton - I realized that I didn’t know or recall much about Harriet Tubman beyond the basic information that I received from elementary school about the Underground Railroad. Black History 365.
- 2004 NPR interview with author Catherine Clinton.
This book is about 12 years old and just glancing at the Table of Contents, I can tell that it’s still relevant for some of the issues that we face in 2012. A sample of some of the essays include Julianne Malveaux “Wall Street, Main Street and the Side Street”, Walter Mosley, “Giving Back” and Angela Davis “Prison Abolition”.