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
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
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?
Happy Small Business Saturday! For more information about how the Tru Story philosophy along with years of digital marketing experience can help you meet your marketing goals this year, log on to http://www.lesgo4it.com Les Go! is about movement towards your goals and being involved in your community RIGHT NOW...from whatever place you may be with … Continue reading Right Now…
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
In July 2013, three young women were discovered after being kidnaped for years. The YouTube video statement, submitted by Cleveland kidnap survivors Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight was amazing. In the video, the three women expressed gratitude over recent support since they were freed and asked people to "continues to respect [their] privacy … Continue reading A Moment to Say Thanks