The worst part about slavery…

a few words describe everything!

Human/ Mormon/ Woman: KATHERINE

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was that it destroyed the family.

-Gail Jacobs

(history teacher from the deep South,

and my godmother!)

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“…we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets”

-The Family: A Proclamation to the World

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The worst thing about slavery

was that it destroyed families…

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A Tribute to those Who have fought and died.

My tribute goes to all!

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Glory is one of my all-time favorite movies ever made. It boasts an amazing cast to include Morgan Freeman, Matthew Broderick, Cary Elwes, and Denzel Washington, who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance as Trip. The story itself has been derived from the personal journals of Col. Robert Gould Shaw (played by Broderick in the film) and the historical records from the Civil War. Director Edward Zwick tells the inspiring story of the 54th Massachusetts infantry, which engaged in key Civil War battles as they exemplified the best of the United States as mighty men of valor and color.

The following scene is both powerful and stirring as three soldiers give their words of encouragement and gratitude for fighting alongside each other within the 54th Massachusetts infantry. Zwick’s movie is a masterpiece, and this scene is a perfect example of performances and direction blending seemlessly.

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Wait…what…uh…Is that a pothole? OMG.

Ah dad...

I’m posting this from Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.  I’ve been spending the week touring East Africa.  On business. Blah blah blah.  I’ll skip the boring stuff.

I’ve been travelling internationally for almost 10 years.  I’ve been to almost 50 different countries.  I’ve been living in Africa for 40 years.  Pick any of these reasons that might ensure my credibility when I say: “I thought I’ve seen it all.”

I have not.

Life throws curveballs like a monkey on crack. She hides among the tall grass of the savannah, crouching, ready to pounce and charge like the hungry lion she is. Surprising you with unexpected moments, just when you think it’s run out of things to show you.

This time it was potholes.

PAUSE

A pothole, for all the citizens of 1st world countries who are frowning at the moment, is when a road is damaged, i.e a piece of tar is missing. It happens. It has…

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You Are Enough

Welcomed Wanderings

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You are enough.
Words spoken that cover the immeasurable
immensity that is human insecurity.
You are enough right now.
For one small instant you allow those words
so subtle, so pure
to free you.
To free your striving
Your perfection.
You alone are enough in every way.
Void of any conditional fragments
that one small phrase stands alone
firm
lovely
in front of all humanity.
You are enough.
But you throw off this simple phrase
struggle to grab the chains of perfection
that had finally fallen to the ground
to become your own slave master
Every minute, punishing, critical.
Every minute unworthy.
Chains of doubt and worry cling to you
painfully etching scars into your wonderfully flawed skin.
You, my love, in every single way
are not perfect because humanity’s beauty
is found in our many unworthy imperfections
But you, my darling, are in this moment
and in every way

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Belle: A Lesson In the Timelessness of Racism and Misogyny Against Black Women

Olivia A. Cole

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It’s not often that audiences are exposed to a portrayal of racism that is viewed through the lens of black women. Dido Elizabeth Belle, a mixed-race woman in 1700’s England, was the daughter of an admiral and an enslaved African woman. The film Belle, which was released nationwide this weekend, follows Dido’s life in the household of William Murray, her great-uncle, who was the earl of Mansfield and Lord Chief Justice of England. We watch Dido become a lady, educated and accomplished, while still forced to dine separately from her family in the company of strangers due to her lower status as a non-white person. We witness her experiences with romance and her complicated friendship with her white cousin, all during the infamous Zong case.

In the film, Dido becomes acquainted with an aspiring lawyer and abolitionist who advocates against the Zong slavers and, in turn, exposes Dido to…

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#childslavery#letsstopthis#nothuman

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