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
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.
Originally printed on Dec. 4, 2011 This may be a bit unorthodox, but I am posting a thank you note I posted on Facebook earlier this year. I was reflecting on these past couple years and found this note that I had forgotten I wrote. I am in a different place, but probably more in need of … Continue reading Memories and Milestones
About four years ago, I arrived at my grandma's to let her know in person that her little brother had passed away. Although she was sad, she was also very calm and reflective about it. She was convinced that he had left the world more peaceful than he had been in a long time. Later that … Continue reading I Love Life
Quit Telling Yourself No How many times do you tell people no in the course of a day? Once? Dozens? Or..never. Recently, I was speaking with a friend about my current projects. Specifically, about how I need to back pedal on some of the volunteer and non-profit projects I have going on. She said something … Continue reading Who Do You Say No To the Most?
Tru Story Exclusive: About Elbert Williams A Seventy Five Year Old Lie: Part II by Leslie McGraw Elbert Williams Historical Marker Unveiling on June 20 Photo courtesy of Sharon Hayes. Thank you for tuning into the Tru Story blog series: About Elbert Williams. Beginning in June, I began to address circumstances surrounding related to one of … Continue reading TRU STORY EXCLUSIVE: A Seventy Five Year Old Lie pt 2
Tru Story Exclusive: About Elbert Williams Elbert Williams is shown on the top row. On the bottom (l to r) are Medgar Evers, James Chaney, and Emmet Till. A Seventy Five Year Old Lie: Part I by Leslie McGraw Thank you for tuning into the Tru Story blog series: About Elbert Williams. Leading up to Independence … Continue reading TRU STORY EXCLUSIVE: A Seventy Five Year Old Lie pt I
2013 Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk, a set on Flickr. I walked my first survivor walk about 12 years ago in memoriam of my great aunt who passed away when I was 12 and other loved ones that had dealt with breast cancer. About 6 years ago, however, things hit a little closer to … Continue reading Making Strides for Survival
It's about that time. With 2011 heaving its last heavy sigh, people are ready to commit, recommit, and become resolute in their goals. How do we find a way to make sure that our resolutions don't end up in the resolution graveyard from years past? I don't know if I have I have found the key … Continue reading New Year Resolutions: Become a Miracle in Motion