This March 7 marks the 56th anniversary of the ‘Bloody Sunday’ when 600 peaceful marchers were met with violence at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Hosea Williams was leading them.
‘I had an ambition to work for the Lord and my race. I had great enthusiasm to serve my people; my heart was overwhelmed with compassion for them,’ wrote Rosa Young.
While national campaign rhetoric can be both divisive and dispiriting, getting involved in a local campaign was edifying and encouraging.
First Baptist has always had strong members whose faith, tested and tried with slavery, Jim Crow segregation, intimidation, violence, and even a devastating tornado, triumphed over all.
The solemn march of solidarity, attended by people of all races and ages, gives a sense of the courage and commitment of ‘ordinary people who did extraordinary things.’
Our town’s commemoration of the Orlando terrorist attacks was well-attended, self-congratulatory, even festive. Its memorial for slain police officers was sparse and ambivalent.
The Democrats’ gun-control sit-in is symbolic, but the symbols have the opposite of their original meanings.
The president’s redefinition of American exceptionalism is a rejection of the things that make us unique.
The theater community celebrates demonstrably false portrayals of history that support liberal narratives, but attacks demonstrably true portrayals that support conservative conclusions.
My generation willfully ignores the real debate about gay rights and religious freedom because we want halos without sacrifice.
Most advertising, movie, and theater scripts don’t require casting actors of specific races. But some do.
You really don’t want to watch most Oscar-nominated movies. But that doesn’t mean you can’t talk about them.
It wouldn’t be Oscar season without artsy film-type people arguing passionately about movies you haven’t seen. Here’s a crib sheet of brewing controversy.
Do not believe anyone trying to make ‘Selma’ a factional thing, a liberal or conservative, black, white, or hashtag movie. This story of Martin Luther King Jr. and his times transcends all that.
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