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Internalizing the wisdom of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Turtle Talk

“All men have been created to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization,” begins the first chapter of a priceless booklet of “Reflections” on verses from the Baha’i Teachings that begins with “The Purpose of Life.”

In the Holy Bible we also read, “To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heavens. (Ecles: 3:1). Most orators emphasize the time aspect of this passage but let’s dwell a bit on the purpose–of everything under the heavens which, when misunderstood inevitably results in misuse and in all probability, abuse–our individual lives in particular no exception. Continue reading Internalizing the wisdom of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

New Understandings


Did you have a good Christmas? A happy new year? I can’t tell you how many times I have asked or been asked this question over the last few weeks. Responses vary, but they most often include, “I’m glad the hectic holidays are behind me so things can get back to normal.” And it’s true—the holidays can be filled with many stresses, but they also bring great opportunity. As we embark on a new year together, we have a chance to revise our personal and collective lives. Continue reading New Understandings

Guest Commentary

by Kim Keating 

This past weekend I went with friends to see Selma, a new film which chronicles the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., during the Civil Rights movement in 1964, which prompted President Johnson to sign the Voting Rights Act that same year. The film was a poignant and honest story of the brave and dedicated men and women who risked their lives in the fight for equal rights. Continue reading Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

by Freeda Cathcart


I was disappointed with Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s response after the NAACP Jubilee service when I asked if he was supporting the Equal Rights Amendment. He told me the ERA isn’t necessary. People who believe the ERA isn’t necessary need to understand the reasons why there is a growing movement to finish the work to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Continue reading Guest Commentary

Celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. MLK Jr.

Turtle Talk

Throughout the nation the January 15 birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has been celebrated on the third Monday of January since its official designation as a national holiday. The historic holiday is customarily celebrated with symbolic marches, speeches and other special observances, championed this year with release of the highly acclaimed movie, “Selma” that highlights the life, struggles and ultimate impact of Dr. King’s nonviolent approach to ending the shameful legal treatment of Blacks in the deep south.  Continue reading Celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. MLK Jr.

“Why is it so important to Yall?”

Guest Commentary

 Open Letter to my Community…

Martin D. Jeffrey, Gainsboro Homeowner

I’m willing to bet that many of you reading this letter have had that question posed to you concerning Black history—slavery—and yes, Henry Street. I thought that I might share with you a possible response that you could share with the next person to ask such a simple question. Continue reading “Why is it so important to Yall?”