Marching for Our Lives--again and again and 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. This Spring Rutgers University/Newark honored Carole and NASA Engineer Aprille Joy as sheroes. I tried to change the feature for summer, but I love it too much! And, really, who's not happy to visit this website and see this amazing sister in her cockpit? Brava!

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Growing Season

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Honestly, there was so much work up there in rural Vermont new-birth land that I was tempted to suggest my daughter Laura skip planting altogether. I mean, she’d given birth—by C-section—a mere five days earlier. But I didn’t try to dissuade Laura from planting. Nanas should help, not stop, the next generation’s call to fertility and production...Then, I saw this gorgeous Image by young artist Loveis Wise. Could there be a better match?

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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