Leslie McGraw, special to the Washtenaw Jewish News, March 2020 Over 80 members of Temple Beth Emeth synagogue and Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan came together on Saturday, January 18 at Temple Beth Emeth on Packard Road to watch and discuss the film Suppressed: The Fight to Vote. The new documentary … Continue reading Temple Beth Emeth and Bethel A.M.E. Church talk voter suppression
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
My son made me a mom twenty years ago, but my heart did not begin to reach its full potential until I became a stepmom.
A few years ago, I conducted an interview while on the assignment to cover a Christmas Tree lighting celebration recently. Here's the Exclusive Interview that made my day: Three-year-old Judah came out with his parents to celebrate. After posing with Santa, I asked him for an interview about his experience –to which he made his … Continue reading YPSILANTI: Depot Town ushers in holiday season
I covered a story once about a program called Meals on Wheels in Ypsilanti. It was a timely reminder that nobody is as independent as they think they are. We need each other.
A few years ago, singer India Arie penned a hit titled "I am not my hair". My response to that? De hell. I'm not. Hair is a big issue for women. For African American women, hair can be life-impacting. Depending on how you wear your hair as well as the thickness, length, texture and curl … Continue reading Naturally Me
Originally appeared on February 20, 2013 Monday I had a rotten day. I was sick with a head cold, sorting through personal finances, everything I scheduled for the day turned out differently than planned, I worked really hard and felt like I got nothing accomplished. We all have days like that - where nothing seems … Continue reading Thankful Thursdays: Are you happy?
Photo courtesy of: Quadell How many times have you heard or read the words 'thank you' this week? Better yet, how many times a day do you say, write, or type 'thank you'? Probably hundreds. It is one of the first phrases babies learn how to say and one that we never stop using. Originating in the … Continue reading Thankful Thursdays: Keep Your Thank You’s Fresh
Veterans' Day, unlike Memorial Day, is for all (this world and the next) those who sacrificed their freedom at any point to secure ours. My Promise to myself, my country, and those that I love is to not forget. Ever. I want to give pause to expose my heart and shower attention towards my veteran … Continue reading Thank You Veterans