She was the queen of “tongue and lung” with the “gift of gab”

Zora Neale Hurston’s full signature in black ink.
Zora Neale Hurston’s full signature in black ink.
Image from Wikipedia Commons


Building a theology of lament in a breathless & racialized land

A Black man in a mask protesting in a crowd in Charlottsville after George Floyd’s death.
A Black man in a mask protesting in a crowd in Charlottsville after George Floyd’s death.
Image: Derrick Waller. Used with permission.


Don Gathers as Activist & Witness

A masked and protesting Don Gathers holding a megaphone.
A masked and protesting Don Gathers holding a megaphone.
Photo by Derrick Waller. Used with permission.


Violence is not the ultimate answer but neither is a dismissal of pain

Protestors stand before a burning Third Police Precinct building in Minneapolis after the death of George Floyd.
Protestors stand before a burning Third Police Precinct building in Minneapolis after the death of George Floyd.
Minneapolis’ Third Police Precinct after the death of George Floyd. Photo Stephen Maturen / Getty Images.


Charlottesville’s former Vice Mayor and current co-chair of Our Black Party talks monuments, politics, & family

A head shot of Wes Bellamy at Charlottesville’s free expression chalk wall on the Downtown Mall.
A head shot of Wes Bellamy at Charlottesville’s free expression chalk wall on the Downtown Mall.
Photo by Marley Nichelle. Used with permission.


Redefining the Power of the Black Vote

The words “Our Black Party” against a black background.
The words “Our Black Party” against a black background.
Our Black Party’s logo. Used with permission.

“History is not the past. It is the present. We carry our history with us. We are our history.” -James Baldwin


Black Lives Matter Shows the Heart of the Pro-Choice and Pro-Life Debate

Pro-choice women holding signs in front of the Supreme Court building.
Pro-choice women holding signs in front of the Supreme Court building.
Image from Sarah Silbiger at Getty Images

A conversation with one of the nation’s foremost young activists

Zyahna Bryant speaking into a micriphone before the Charlottesville statue of Robert E. Lee.
Zyahna Bryant speaking into a micriphone before the Charlottesville statue of Robert E. Lee.
Photos: Derrick Waller


The President Is Neither Machiavelli’s Prince Nor Erasmus’

Trump behind a podium at a rally, surrounded by supporters with signs.
Trump behind a podium at a rally, surrounded by supporters with signs.
Image from Gage Skidmore on flickr


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Image from James Mumford’s website. Used with permission.

Sam Heath

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