Atlanta Voice Special ‘Enduring Legacies — The painful truth behind their smiles’

Don’t let the condolences of enemies of Black equality, Black joy, and of Black life fool you: efforts to topple white supremacy were not then, are not now, and will never be interpreted as “good trouble.”

Over a half-century since Vivian and Lewis sat-in, freedom-rode and took a knee against systemic racism, a new generation of black activists are fighting against the very same evils—as well as so many more.

Let that sink in.

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Research explores Sexism in the Rev. Dr. King’s World House

“Sexism in the Rev. Dr. King’s World House: Women and the Global Vision of Martin Luther King Jr.” Reclaiming the Great World House: The Global Vision of Martin Luther King, Jr. Vicki L. Crawford and Lewis V. Baldwin, eds. University of Georgia Press. 2019.

Martin Luther King, Jr. lived and functioned in an era during which the realities of gender identity, male authority, separate domains for men and women, patriarchy and sexism as well as the ensuing subordination and marginalization of women were well-established; and he, despite his growing commitment to equal rights, social justice, and peace, did not escape the culture that produced him nor seductive call of the male privilege he resultantly enjoyed. This chapter explores King’s sexist tendencies as well as how they shaped and informed both his world house vision, and his efforts to translate that vision into practical reality. To examine these constructs, attention is devoted to the impact of his upbringing on his emerging sense of gender roles for men and women, to his ambivalent attitude toward and sometimes strained relationships with female activists amid the context of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s, to his dealings with female activists, admirers, and supporters from other parts of the globe, and to his absence of attention to sexism and the overall status of women in his articulation and pursuit of his vision of “the great world house.”

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University of The Bahamas-North’s Sustainable Grand Bahama Conference 2020

Titled, “We Saved Ourselves: Social Media’s Role in Response, Recovery and Reckoning During and After Dorian.” It is a retrospective storytelling of my social media experiences during and after Hurricane Dorian on Grand Bahama. In revisiting the role of social media in response, recovery, and reckoning, it is my hope that it leaves more questions than answers—about what we did wrong versus right, as well as what we left undone. Although it is not intended to be an indictment on failures—whether of plans or to plan—the people of Grand Bahama and the Abacos deserve the truth told of what they endured, what they lost, and of all they are yet overcoming.

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