Richard Wright’s legacy and remembering George Floyd – Part 3 (Final)

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In August 2020,  members of the Richard Wright family wrote statements regarding the social unrest our country has faced and shared them in the “Richard Wright News Bulletin.” In honor of Richard Wright’s 112th birthday on September 4, 2020, HBW begins a three-part series as an inter-generational family tribute to Wright’s legacy. Part III For all those who are willing to go beyond a mere […]

Richard Wright’s legacy and remembering George Floyd – Part 2

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In August 2020,  members of the Richard Wright family wrote statements regarding the social unrest our country has faced and shared them in the “Richard Wright News Bulletin.” In honor of Richard Wright’s 112th birthday on September 4, 2020, HBW begins a three-part series as an inter-generational family tribute to Wright’s legacy. Part II I am grateful to George Floyd for reminding me of an […]

Richard Wright’s Legacy: Remembering George Floyd – Part 1

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In August 2020, members of the Richard Wright family wrote statements regarding the social unrest our country has faced and shared them in the “Richard Wright News Bulletin.” In honor of Richard Wright’s 112th birthday on September 4, 2020, HBW begins a three-part series as an inter-generational family tribute to Wright’s legacy. Part I A world ago, before COVID-19, before Ahmaud Arbery, before Breonna Taylor, […]

In Memoriam: John Lewis

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[ By: Dr. Maryemma Graham]   “We want our freedom; we want it now”  March of Washington, 1963 John Lewis (1940-2020) My autographed copy of John Lewis’s memoir, Walking with the Wind, belonged to my mother, who stood in line to get it, she said, “just in case I missed it.”   “To Helen G. Moore, Keep the faith, John Lewis,” it read.  Icon, a national […]

“What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

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[By: Frederick Douglass] This speech was given at Rochester, New York, July 5, 1852 Fellow Citizens, I am not wanting in respect for the fathers of this republic. The signers of the Declaration of Independence were brave men. They were great men, too Ñ great enough to give frame to a great age. It does not often happen to a nation to raise, at one […]

Open Letter to Chancellor Girod and Provost Bichelmeyer

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https://www.kuendowment.org/Your-Gift/George-Floyd-Memorial-Scholarship-Fund Dear Doug and Barb, The above announcement was recently brought to our attention. Because the solicitation of funds for this purpose misrepresents our current reality, we feel compelled to respond.  We have joined many of our colleagues at KU and the whole of Lawrence in promoting an inclusive and socially just community at KU for the last 20 years.  Together, we have engaged in […]

“Pandemic, Interracial Strife, and the Saving Grace of the Humanities”

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[By John Edgar Tidwell] Reposted from Humanities Kansas’s newsletter When Langston Hughes poetically posed the question “What happens to a dream deferred?” he unwittingly but profoundly anticipated the world we now inhabit. Our world has all the feel of a roller coaster or some other carnival ride where up seems down and down seems up. After January 20th, the nation was beset with preventative rules: wash our […]