Author Archives: lapolyanna

Are We Being Tested as to How We Care for One Another?

Images of suffering swirl all around usShootings, protests, shootings yet again.Accusations and counter accusations without end. I was talking to someone recently who said, essentially, “I get it”.“Of course there’s racism but why do ‘they’ keep having toprotest…I already got … Continue reading

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Taking a Closer Look at the Racial Disparities in the Rate of COVID-19 Infection and Death

— I have always tried to keep our diversity column positive and focus on achievements and challenges in minority communities. I know I will return to this positive emphasis in the future, but now we’re in crisis. I want to … Continue reading

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African American Leaders in Medicine

When we think of leaders in medicine some names may immediately come to mind. Do you think of Dr. Jonas Salk? Do you think of Dr. Albert Sabin? Both were leaders in the fight against polio. Many young people today … Continue reading

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The African American Women’s Suffrage Movement, a Lesson to Us All

When we think of the women’s suffrage movement many of us think of proud women marching, linking their arms, supporting women’s right to vote. The picture in their minds of many will be only of white women. That is often … Continue reading

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What We Can Learn From Black History Month and the Modern Conceptualization of Race

While many of us know that February is designated as African American history month or Black History Month in the United States and is celebrated now throughout the world, many of us do not know its origins. I would like … Continue reading

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Does racial color blindness exist? The dangers of teaching the myth of racial color blindness

We didn’t know it but I guess I lived in what is now called a progressive family. I’m a first generation American and our focus was not on race as we understand it today. Our focus was on survival. The … Continue reading

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Kwanzaa a Joyful Light in the Holiday Season

As we look forward to celebrating the holiday season each in our own way we can look at a newer holiday tradition in one that may not be as familiar to us. That tradition is Kwanzaa and the following excerpt … Continue reading

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The Many Roads to Greatness

Maya Angelou, a gifted and highly recognized author and poet, had a challenging road to greatness. Given her life challenges how many of us would have imagined her to become a talented and highly acclaimed author. Hers was not a … Continue reading

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This summer we lost a great poet

This summer we lost a great poet. A true artist who painted in words. She will not be easily replaced. That poet was Toni Morrison. I would like to share with you the story of her life which speaks to … Continue reading

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Everyone Into The Pool

It is hard to believe summer is on the way and for some of us, it’ll mean time spent around the neighborhood or community pool. For many this brings good memories of childhood. But for others there is a different … Continue reading

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