December 24, 2018

             Bennett College for Women is an oasis where we educate and celebrate women, and develop them into twenty-first-century leaders and global thinkers.  That was my elevator speech in the five years, from 2007 through 2012, when I led the college.  It is still an oasis, a safe space for Black women and others who embrace our mission. It still educates and celebrates women.  But now, in 2018-2019, my college has challenges.  The accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, has said that Bennett College is fiscally unstable.  If we can't raise a minimum of $5 mill...

December 17, 2018

            McKenzie Adams wanted to be a scientist.  The gregarious 9-year-old Alabama girl was just that, a girl, a little girl, a brown-skinned baby girl with braids or, in one picture, just a side ponytail.  She wanted to be a scientist, and her family described her as "bubbly" but bubbles burst, sometimes in the worst way.  McKenzie hung herself in her grandmother's home in the face of racist bullying and taunting, which included the vile directive to kill herself.  Her fellow students didn't like the fact that she was friends with a white boy, and we don't know enough to know whether the...

December 10, 2018

Now that the midterm elections are over, and Democrats are savoring their victory, more than a dozen Democrats say they are considering running for President in 2020.   The Democratic Party needs to get its act together if any of them has even a prayer of beating the clown that white conservatives love to love.  The fact that Republicans stole an election from Stacey Abrams in Georgia suggests that our electoral infrastructure isn't what it ought to be.  The fact that Republicans in Michigan, Wisconsin, and North Carolina are attempting to change electoral rules suggests that the Party and civ...

December 3, 2018

Barbara Williams Skinner, at 75, looks at least two decades younger than her birth certificate suggests.  Much of her youthful energy is due to her discipline, which includes a mindful prayer practice, a vegetarian diet, and a focused mind.  But as much of her youthfulness, I think, can be attributed to her engagement with emerging leaders, the younger people who are poised to lead and learn.  On November 29, she celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Skinner Leadership Institute (, the organization she founded to offer leadership lessons to both emerging and establis...

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