Name of cemetery doesn’t change history

Lonna Jo Bowen-AlMoctar Louisville, KY I am from a clan of hillbillies in Eastern Kentucky. My family has a swath of land, called Bowen Farms, near Red River Gorge. As long as I can remember, the old cemetery on my family’s land has been called the “slave cemetery”. My Uncle has always kept up with [...]

The whitest brown girl I know.

Catherine Marden El Cerrito, CA My mother is from El Salvador. My father is from Kentucky. I grew up in rural Oregon. I didn’t know I was half-hispanic until I realized checking the hispanic box on college applications might help me get accepted. To this day I struggle with my Salvadoran ancestry. I am white. [...]

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HELP WANTED: Black Entrepreneurs and Intellectuals

Jarel Johnson Louisville, KY In a recent study assigned in class, I found that a lot of African American children are growing up in single mother homes. There is a lack of African American male presence in the lives of many Black children. A substantial growth of positive Black male role models is imperative if [...]

Embrace texture, human experience. Ignite destiny.

Daniel Brashear Calvert City, KY We are all human, a priceless treasure. As Tanya Shaffer writes in “The Fourth Messenger”: “Look to the thought, for thoughts lead to words. Look to the word, for words lead to action. Look to the action, for actions lead to habits. Habits lead to character. Character becomes destiny. May [...]

Diverse TV characters opens children’s minds.

Laura Furst Erlanger, KY As a little suburban white girl, the only black, latino and asian people I saw for many years was on tv. I loved Good Timea, the Jefferson’s, Different Strokes, Welcome Back Kotter, Sanford and Son and Chico and the Man. TV really exposed to a world outside my Irish- German Catholic [...]