Factoids and quotes to share
"Rather than call people 'slaves,' it is better to use the term 'enslaved people'. They are people first." Submitted by VU member Elaine Kushmaul.
"The only thing that should be divided by color is laundry." Submitted by VU member Jackie Ford.
"I want you to be concerned about your neighbor. Do you know your neighbor? I say your neighbor may live in another neighborhood, city, state, or country; get to know them." -- Mother Theresa.
"We must find a balance between savings lives and saving livelihoods." Thomas Friedman, New York Times.
"Learn how to listen actively to other people’s stories and ask questions." President Barack Obama.
"Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced." James Baldwin.
"Challenge your own assumptions." President Barack Obama.
Boley, OK, founded in 1904 on land owned by a black woman, Abigail Burnett McCormick, was one of the largest and most thriving black towns after the Great Migration, when thousands of black people moved north.
"The cotton empire was built on slave labor, and by 1860 the 182,000 enslaved African Americans in Texas made up nearly a third of the state’s population." University of North Texas Libraries.
"When we believe in someone’s potential and really give them the time and patience, incredible things can happen with just the right tools and people to help them." Christina Hunger, speech and language pathologist, author who taught her dog Stella to talk.
"August Landmesser crossed his arms rather than give the Nazi salute when a crown gathered in Germany in 1936. Colin Kaepernick knelt during the American national anthem in 2016 to call attention to racial inequality and police brutality. Do you see any similarities?" Submitted by Diversity Committee.