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Remembrance and Origin Stories: Why Analyze the Black Patriotic Tradition

I have shared previously that I am currently climbing my metaphorical mountain to complete my doctorate.  Yesterday, I submitted the draft of my dissertation proposal – a project I had been working on since June.  As I am sure many of you have experienced, last night I felt relief and joy with accomplishing one more … Continue reading Remembrance and Origin Stories: Why Analyze the Black Patriotic Tradition

National Commemoration of Service and a New Perspective of Black Lives Matter

March 25th was National Medal of Honor Day (MOH), a federal observance commemorating the recipients of our country’s highest honor for giving the highest measure of heroic service and sacrifice.  Enacted by law in December 1861 and first awarded during the Civil War, there are only slightly over 3500 recipients of this medal.  I have … Continue reading National Commemoration of Service and a New Perspective of Black Lives Matter

The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act – What’s missing

The United States House of Representatives passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 (HR 1280), thanks to Representative Karen Bass (D-CA).  Facing an uphill battle in the U.S. Senate, this ambitious legislation notably limits qualified immunity as a defense for those officers liable in egregious abuses of the use of force.  Should … Continue reading The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act – What’s missing

On Signs and Symbols: Revisiting the Thin Blue Line Flag

UPDATE — My conversation about the imagery of The Thin Blue Line has spread! I congratulate Chief Kristen Roman for taking action to eliminate the imagery from her department. https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/uw-madison-police-chief-bans-thin-blue-line-75562161 — BLG Two recent events involving signs and their meanings have presented me with the opportunity to discuss semiotics. First, I had a conversation with … Continue reading On Signs and Symbols: Revisiting the Thin Blue Line Flag

Black Masculinity Re-visited: The enduring legacy of Chadwick Boseman

I grew up in Gary, Indiana. Back in the 1970s, it was a bustling city and the foundation of Black middle-class life in northwest Indiana. When I think about Gary at that time, I think about the smells – the city was filled with a wide range of pungent, burning, chemical-like odors which blanketed my … Continue reading Black Masculinity Re-visited: The enduring legacy of Chadwick Boseman

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