"Stories about musicians and artists like Jayne County are vital. Their stories are a part of music history, LGBT+ history, and women’s history. To omit or forget them is a failure to tell the whole story at best, and a dangerous form of erasure at worst."
Black people have contributed to: Art, philosophy, science, politics, music, literature, medicine. Yet we don't know about them unless we make substantial efforts to do so.
It's hard to know what that aching feeling in your chest is when everything is going well... I discovered by writing this that I needed a purpose, a role to take on, I needed to do something that mattered to me. I couldn't just sit by and keep trying to tell myself that life was going great when it really wasn't. I thought long and hard and finally figured out what I needed.
It was a small trailer on a square piece of dirt. It certainly wasn’t what she had dreamed of when she had first come to the United States to stay with her mother, a citizen, but Soledad* owned the land and everything on it. Not ideal, but worth being proud of. Soledad had a quiet dignity that I had to admire. Serving us cookies from an old family recipe, she was insistent that she was the host and that we were her guests, reinforcing was Pastor Rosemary had told us before coming: With this service trip, we are here to learn from the people we talk to, not help them.…
So many of us feel either lost or trapped, and the opportunity to be a part of something that represents hope is tempting.
There was a mutual understanding among the students that all of us have our baggage and how it shows shouldn't be judged in any way.
Spending time in Mexico was so much better with my friend than it would have been as a tourist. My four months in Santiago, Chile, were rewarding and difficult