A Voice in Ramah

I believe another world is possible...

I am a daughter of Fisk University. #FiskForever for sure. But that’s not the reason why I return over and over again to a little book entitled “Prayers for a Dark People.” A collection of prayers from the heart of W. E. B. DuBois, they were written for the children and young people enrolled in […]

Racism is not a feeling. Racism is not just something you are susceptible to if you don’t accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Racism is not going to be dismantled by evangelizing belief in the same God who looks away as you demonize Black bodies, brutalize refugees and immigrants, erase the humanity of […]

The past couple of weeks have been painful ones for those who care about American race relations. On the heels of the slayings of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, I sought out someone who could help me make sense of the current moment.I turned to Emma Jordan-Simpson, the executive director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. […]

“I woke up this morning with one of the songs of our ancestors on my mind: I’m a rolling, I’m a rolling, I’m a rolling through an unfriendly world! I’m a rolling, yes, I am rolling Through an unfriendly world. O Sister, won’t you help me? O Sister, won’t you help me to pray? O […]

I believe another world is possible – one where agents of the state do not have the power to terrorize black children simply because they are black children. A police officer who arrested a 6- and 8-year-old children at an Orlando charter school on Thursday is facing an internal investigation. — Read on time.com/5683453/children-arrested-orlando-florida-school/

Eighteen years ago today on this day – September 11, 2001, I didn’t have GPS or a map and I was trying my best to get home. The towers had fallen. New York City was in chaos. I was physically ok but could not wrap my mind around planes crashing into buildings. I sent my […]

ROLL CALL FOR MICHAEL BROWN It will happen, an honest mistake in a hot August classroom. Someone will blink at the name and swear this “Michael Brown” can’t be that “Michael Brown.” Or someone will be too busy with her head down finishing syllabi to look up and see the flash grenades and tear gas. […]

THE IMMIGRANT’S APOSTLES CREED We believe in Almighty God, who guided the people in exile and in exodus, the God of Joseph in Egypt and Daniel in Babylon, the God of foreigners and immigrants. We believe in Jesus Christ, a displaced Galilean, who was born away from his people and his home, who fled his […]

The view from from the Harriet Tubman Rocking Chair on the porch of the White House on the CDF Alex Haley Farm, Summer 2019. “We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.” (D. Bonhoeffer) Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s words were […]