Today was a historic moment for our nation. Garry Brown, Tennessee District Attorney, announced that he has re-opened the investigation into the 1940 murder of whom some have identified as the “first martyr of the civil rights movement”, Elbert Williams. Mr. Elbert Williams was a bright, outspoken 31-year-old family-oriented man in the predominantly black community … Continue reading Reenvisioning Justice
A Belated Happy Birthday to Elbert Williams
Leslie had the seminal experience of testifying to the Tennessee Legislature on the lynching of her great grand uncle and voting rights activist Elbert Williams and its effect on subsequent generations of her family.
Three years ago exactly, I had the pleasure of meeting one of my favorite poets: Ms. Nikki Giovanni. She came to one of our favorite local bookstores, Nicola's, in promotion of her new book, Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid. While I was there, I felt like I was in an intimate conversation, although there were close … Continue reading Life is a Good Idea
Below is a blog post I wrote when Whitney died. Oddly enough, when I hear her voice, she still seems alive. Art is where human creativity, skill and imagination all meet and create a moment in time which is beautiful and beyond ordinary. Ordinary things take on new meaning. An artist is not separate from … Continue reading Still Missing Whitney: One Moment in Time
The last time I opened this blog up was to post a blog entry on inequality for Blog Action Day. I wanted to write about how inequality always adds this extra layer of crud on top of other issues. I wrote several examples from the past year or so in my journal. First I wrote … Continue reading What Peace Looks Like on a Thursday
Clipped from: news.gather.com (share this clip) Social injustice versus Racial injustice? That's the question that I keep trying to answer in my head. In fact, as more and more evidence, news, and views emerge about the Trayvon Martin case - I find myself with more questions each day. Question 1. Is this a black … Continue reading Trayvon: Social Injustice or Racial Injustice?
By Leslie McGraw, A2 Journal, Heritage News Feb.10, 2012LesGo4It@gmail.comTwitter: @LesGo4It Each year, upwards of a million people participate in the National African American Read-In during the month of February to highlight African American authors. Locally, literacy and entrepreneurship were the two focal points for community members who came out Monday evening for the 8th Annual … Continue reading BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Storytelling, Reading, and Entrepreneurs Celebrated at the Ypsi Library Read-In