#InContext: John Lewis

By: KELLI L. ROSS On Friday, July 17, 2020, Congressman and Civil Rights Leader John Robert Lewis passed away at the age of 80. In December 2019, he announced he had Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Both Lewis and fellow civil rights activist Rev. C.T. Vivian died on the same day. Vivian was 95. Lewis was … Continue reading #InContext: John Lewis

#InContext: Scott Harrison

By: REBECCA JUN Today, Americans are fueled by checking off to-do lists and chasing an inbox count to zero. While busy schedules are marked by distinct start and end dates, Scott Harrison, founder and current CEO of the non-profit charity: water, encourages living outside this model. In an interview with Brené Brown, Harrison explains the common … Continue reading #InContext: Scott Harrison

#InContext: Carol Moseley Braun

By: REBECCA JUN As the first African American female U.S. senator elected in 1993, Carol Moseley Braun worked to define herself as “a symbol of hope and change” rather than falling into imposed stereotypes placed on black women in America. In 1947, Moseley Braun was born in Chicago and raised by a family that was … Continue reading #InContext: Carol Moseley Braun

#InContext: Barack Obama

By: REBECCA JUN On January 4, 2010, President Barack Obama made a Presidential Proclamation, declaring January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month. “I call upon the people of the United States to recognize the vital role we can play in ending modern slavery.” By marking this month 10 years ago, Obama encouraged Americans … Continue reading #InContext: Barack Obama

#InContext: King George VI

By: REBECCA JUN “It’ll all be over by Christmas.” In 1939, the British Empire held onto this mantra until Christmas day actually came. In September, the Empire entered World War II, and the British were hopeful the war would be short-lived, in the same way those in World War I anticipated the end of war … Continue reading #InContext: King George VI

#InContext: Lin-Manuel Miranda

By: ZACHARY BUCHANAN The hit musical Hamilton is a pop culture sensation that spotlights the Founding Fathers’ early decision for the nation—the good, the bad, and the ugly. The show skirts a bit around the slavery debate (Thomas Jefferson makes one nod to “Sally, dear,” referencing Sally Hemings), but creator Lin-Manuel Miranda addresses the slavery … Continue reading #InContext: Lin-Manuel Miranda

#InContext: Frederick Douglass

By: GABRIELLE MCKENZIE Frederick Douglass was born into slavery just over 200 years ago in February 1818. After escaping in 1838, this former slave would become one of the most renowned abolitionists, orators, writers, and statesmen in centuries. Throughout his illustrious career, Douglass tirelessly advocated for equal rights for all. He took on the enormous … Continue reading #InContext: Frederick Douglass

#InContext: Pauli Murray

By: RACHEL GEISSLER Unsung heroine of the civil rights movement and lifelong champion of human rights, Anna Pauline “Pauli” Murray penned the words to her poem “Prophecy” in 1969. As a black woman born in America in 1910, she battled barriers to education and inclusion at every turn. For Murray, the decision to challenge oppression … Continue reading #InContext: Pauli Murray

#InContext: Mum Bett

By: EMMYLOU MANWILL In the wake of the Revolutionary War, Patriot demands for “freedom,” “liberty,” and “equality” circulated throughout New England as new state governments formed. The Massachusetts Constitution, which took effect in 1780, included a Bill of Rights proclaiming, “All men are born free and equal, and have certain natural, essential and unalienable rights.” … Continue reading #InContext: Mum Bett