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“Who is worthy to be used by God?”

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From a Sierra Leone War Orphan to the Life of a Professional Ballerina

Michaela DePrince became the youngest principal dancer for the Dance Theatre of Harlem and also joined the Dutch National Ballet. Born in war-torn Sierra Leone, her story (told by her (here) on TED) is one of triumph over unbelievable tragedy.

Please click here to purchase Michaela’s book.

Speaking of Women’s History…

Yes, we need to celebrate women and lift up their historic struggles. But we must not do that without looking squarely in the face of the whole historicity of all the struggles of all women in America.

So, while celebrating women’s suffrage and the history of that fight for the vote which was finally obtained in 1920, let’s please note that it was White women who got the vote, not All women.

Native American women weren’t allowed to be citizens until 1924.

African Americans (men and women) fought to get the vote well into the middle of the century. In fact, the fight continues here, now, where people of color are concentrated.

As Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts, professor of management at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, pointed out in a recent Harvard Business Review, women of color at work represent only 4% of the highest ranking positions, despite their training, degrees, experience, and ability to perform. (Click here to read that article.)

Let’s observe victories, keep the truth before us, and work hard to accomplish even more. We’re in this together.

My First Great Grandchild!

Welcome to the world, sweet William III

Well Worth the Read

A sixteen-year-old confessed to murdering his mother, a crime he didn’t commit. After twenty years in prison and even more time, his innocence was proven.  Now he’s a marathoner. Here’s the link to his story, which is well worth the read:

https://lopemagazine.com/2019/02/20/huwe-burton-interview-new-york-marathon-innocence-project-run/

 

By a Young Guest Author

You Call It America; I Call It Home
(Read This Poem Like a Rap Song. You Provide Your Own Rhythm. Enjoy.)

Yeah, I sing about it! America, my home!
‘Cause I was born here, and my father,
and my father’s father, too.

Yeah, I’ll stand up and sing,
America, my home!
Don’t want to roam.
Because they died here—my father and his father
and my grandfather’s father, too.

Why did they die? Don’t you know?
It was the pilgrim’s grisly pride,
And so, you know,
That’s why I shout about it
from every mountainside:
Let Freedom Ring!

Let it Ring, Let it Ring, Let it Ring

My native country, Yeah!
Above the bloodied rocks and rills,
Above the blood-drenched woods and hills,
Let freedom ring until it’s all wrung out and won,
Not just for some. For everyone ! For everyone!
Are you new? It’s for you, too.

Let it Ring, Let it Ring, Let it Ring

To my father’s God,
Yeah, I’ll stand and sing,
hand over heart; And here’s the thing, I pray:
Protect and bless those down on one bended knee
Who show their grief and pride, really, just the same as me,
But in their own way, their own way!
Oh Happy Day!

Author of Liberty,
Guard our Individuality,
Increase our devotion to the holy cause for which
Our fathers took a notion, to fight and do right.
This is no lie: To make the whole world free or die
They made us free—to stand up or get down
on one bended knee.

And to the new ones, come: You be a Love bloom!
Grow to love my native land just like I do, and
wherever you are from, you’re going to bloom, bloom
Once you’re planted here, you’re going to bloom, bloom.
Just call it Home. Don’t want to roam.

My fathers did not die in vain!
We keep on keeping on; we make it plain!
No savage coward hooded knight can block out
Freedom’s holy light—it’s not for some alone!
What an evil situation
By your might, O Holy God,
Make us one united nation.

Let it forever ring , America our home!
Let it Ring! Let it Ring! Let it Ring!
Not just for some! Not just for some!
Let it Ring! Let it Ring! Let it Ring!
For Everyone
Let it Ring, Yeah!

[Submitted on 2/11/2019 by a new teenage author who wishes to remain anonymous]

 

Should Dyersburg Have a Statue Commemorating Its Confederate Heritage?

Was the Civil War About Slavery?

Click the above link to hear how Colonel Ty Seidule answers that question. Colonel Seidule is Professor of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Is 2019 the year to remove that statue?