Category Archives: 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?”

Revisiting the holiday season—as time goes by . . .

Turtle Talk

Since time immemorial the Christmas season has been (and continues to be) the most highly celebrated and lengthy holiday season of the year. During this season more time is accrued for family gatherings, socialization, gift giving and an accumulation of favorite foods on dinner tables. The warmth and love the holiday generates is enhanced through many prior weeks of psychological preparation around different themes and musical tempos. Continue reading Revisiting the holiday season—as time goes by . . .

The Season of Caring and Sharing. . .

Turtle Talk

The most extended and unilateral season of caring and sharing throughout this nation and abroad has finally arrived. Formerly starting after Thanksgiving, it now begins commercially before Halloween and continues throughout the remainder of the year. But its true meaning is becoming increasingly eclipsed by commercialization, football and any number of frivolous “holiday” parties and celebrations. Even more popular are becoming the annual altruistic free giveaways of toys, food and clothing for increasing numbers of recipients who must also be assisted in being taught “how to fish” year-round and not remain just recipients of the annual fish. Continue reading The Season of Caring and Sharing. . .