Marching for Our Lives--again

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When the four girls died in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963, I knew that somewhere in America someone was gunning for me. I was seven....something about my young black body invited violence....Such knowledge gives not only urgency to protest, but lifelong commitment. (Special thanks to Pulitzer-Prize winning editorial cartoonist Signe Wilkinson for contributing her sketch of the 3/14 Walkout convening in front of City Hall.)

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Fly the Women's History skies with my sister, Carole Hopson

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Here is my sister, First Officer Carole Hopson, after landing her passenger plane under treacherous circumstances. Staff on the ground wanted to know who had done the landing so beautifully and took this photo. Rutgers University/Newark honors Carole and NASA Engineer Aprille Joy as sheroes this month in "No More Hidden Figures." Brava!

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New libretto!

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Since September, I've been the oldiest opera-writing rookie ever in the American Lyric Theater's amazing Composer-Librettist Development Program, taught by Cori Ellison, dramaturg to the world and Julliard and NYU faculty, and Mark Adamo, composer/librettist of Little Women, Lysistrata, and Becoming Santa Claus. Our class of six have paired up to create three operas. The Gospel According to Nana, is mine, with fabulous composer Liliya Ugay. Performance: Thursday, 17 May, 7:30.

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From "Spreading Safety," about SafeKidsStories, as featured in the Penn Gazette

“I wanted to create a place where we could put up stories about young people, relationships, wholeness … anything from a bunch of teachers learning an anti-bullying program, to young people writing about a book that they believe helped keep them safe in some way.” -LC