Saturday, my husband followed our GPS to a conference center bordering the inner city of St. Louis. He drove our four door, sandy colored Chevy. I sat on the passenger side, gripping an imaginary safety handle to make me feel more secure. The day was dull, cold and cloudless. Slight rain began to bubble on our windshield. My cell phone rang. “Hello,” I said. It was my forecaster son, calling to warn me of the freezing rain ahead. “Be careful,” he said.
Normally, I wouldn’t go out on ...<< MORE >>
“Anything you can do I can do better” was an unspoken refrain of the interviews I conducted with immigrant women leaders, researching my upcoming book. Their combined brilliance nearly triggered my inferiority complex. How come they did SO MUCH better than me? I’d ask myself (I typically take everything personally).
It’s not easy to wrap your mind around something when you’re in the thick of things: I’m an immigrant writing about successful immigrant women, regretting that I’d never had a book portraying such role-models. The topic simply ...<< MORE >>
Chattanooga’s ground breaking women offer their storytelling program for the 4th year. Join us for cutting edge stories of multi-cultural & multi-generational women. Where & When: 5:00pm on Tuesday, March 25 - Probasco Auditorium /Erlanger Medical Mall. Who: Mayor Andy Berke kicks off the program & Emcee Maria Noel, director of African-American Business Development/ Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, introduces our stories: award-winning author Deborah Levine, entrepreneur Linda Marie Bullard, computer pioneer Ginnie Sams, international reporter Millie Smith, and HIV activist Candace Taylor. The March 25 event is free, but seating is limited. Reserve space today! RSVP: www.womengroundbreakers.com .<< MORE >>
In honor of Women’s History Month, I share with you my five most admired American women. Dynamic and diverse, my fab five are versatile females who defied convention and sidestepped traditional boundaries. From the outspoken survivor, to the fashionista turned politician, to a daughter carrying on her father’s legacy, these courageous women exemplify the American role model. Gutsy, generous, innovative, and graceful under pressure, Molly, Margaret, Odetta, Millicent, and Marlo inspire me. With accomplishments spanning over eighty years, each one is determined and driven, feisty and fabulous, colorful and full of character.<< MORE >>
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Last semester I went through an experience I’d never gone through before in my teaching career: I taught a student whose face I couldn’t see. The reason? She was from Saudi Arabia, and she was wearing a niqab, that part of her all-black outfit that covered her face from the bridge of the nose down.
The class was an ESL speaking class, and Sara (let’s call her) was there under the auspices of Saudi Arabia’s generous scholarship program for international study. The program arose out of a 2005 meeting between Saudi ...<< MORE >>
Inclusion-related policies and legal regulations have long been part of economic and social change, and, at times, part of emotional and combustible debate. The details of inclusion took 50 years of wrangling after the first Women’s Suffrage conference in the mid-1800s to achieve a constitutional amendment granting women the vote. It took another 50 years for the Civil Rights Movement to seriously impact the workplace and establishment of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Today, we are again seeing a major societal and economic transformation, and ...<< MORE >>
Given Now that The New York Times has its first woman Executive Editor, it seems fitting to revisit Ruth Holmberg, publisher emeritus of The Chattanooga Times Free Press. Holmberg is a member of the family that founded the
newspaper and she recently shared her compelling life story as friends and admirers gathered to hear her speak. Holmberg is a former director of The Associated Press and The New York Times
Company, a former president of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce and of the Southern Newspaper Publisher Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Education Network
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We are black
Intelligent, powerful, honorable
Fearless, united, and free
Black is history, dark,
Cold, a struggle but
BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL<< MORE >>
So large, so real, so present,
Oseola McCarty might just speak
from the Annie Leibovitz portrait
in the museum gallery.<< MORE >>
As I stare into this mirror
He stares back at me
His ghostly reflection
Is all that I see
He begins with a word<< MORE >>
Cultures all over the world have individual artistic expressions that set them apart. One of these unique gifts that varies between people groups is the art of dance. African tribal dances began to shape and define their culture long before it transferred to America. Modern day African American dance has been revolutionized into a creative expression of talent and movement. These exceptional stylistic qualities can be seen in specialized dance companies like that of Alvin Ailey.<< MORE >>