Celebrating Juneteenth

This weekend has been very special to many because the celebration of Juneteenth brings back precious memories of growing up Black in America: Struggles of our Black great-grandparents whose suffering finally gained freedom for us during slavery The momentum of the Civil Rights Movement  of the 50’s and 60’s with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. […]


I am the mother of a very disabled child. One of my best friends is also the mother of  a child with a disabiliy. Both of our children are now grown men, age 38,  and dependent on us, their mothers, for so much of their existence. She and I often share our similar stories of […]

The Need for a Legislative Black Caucus

The Importance and Impact of Iowa’s Legislative Black Caucus As I reported earlier, the Iowa Black Legislative Caucus was formed in 2018.  We saw a need to look at the plight of African Americans in the State and propose legislation that would improve the quality of life of our people.   It has been difficult […]

ONE apology is NOT ENOUGH

Black Journalists in Iowa A call from a local news reporter brought to my attention how challenging it is to be a black journalist in Iowa.  Recently, Lauren Johnson, KCCI news reporter, was asked to leave an Ankeny school board meeting.  The meeting included a discussion of the need for hiring a diversity specialist for […]

The Need for Diversity Specialist

Reflections from an educator and diversity instructor All School Districts across the country need a diversity specialist.  I am following the story of the opening for a diversity specialist in Ankeny, Iowa and the controversy over the superintendent’s halt of that hiring.  As a former high School teacher and a current diversity trainer with Heartland […]