Author Archives: Penny Colman

Barbara Jordan

Tomorrow – Feb. 21 – is the birthday of Barbara Jordan, who was born in 1936 and died on Jan. 17, 1991.  An eminent orator, lawyer, politician, civil rights leader, Barbara Jordan left a powerful legacy of indomitable forthrightness.  Below … Continue reading

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Susan B. Anthony

On the 15th of February, I will wish Happy Birthday to Susan B. Anthony who was born on that date in 1820, almost two hundred years ago. With her erect posture, dark-brown hair, steely eyes, a bump on the bridge … Continue reading

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Leontyne Price

Today – Feb. 10th – is the 90th birthday of the great American soprano Leontyne Price.  I heard her sing many years ago at the Metropolitan Opera House.  I just listened to her singing Schubert’s “Ave Maria” (first video in … Continue reading

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“She Persisted!”

“Nevertheless, she persisted!” Sojourner Truth is one among millions of our foremothers who “persisted,” just as millions of women, and men of good will, are persisting today and will continue to persist! I love that word – persist!

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Elizabeth Warren Reads Coretta Scott Kings Letter

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Septima Poinsette Clark

Wise words by Septima Poinsette Clark: “I believe unconditionally in the ability of people to respond when they are told the truth. We need to be taught to study rather than believe, to inquire rather than to affirm.” Martin Luther … Continue reading

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Courageous Voices

Nobody’s free until everybody’s free. Fannie Lou Hamer, (Oct. 6, 1917-March 14, 1977) Civil Rights, Voting Rights and Anti-Poverty Activist, Singer; Statue located in Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Park, Ruleville, Mississippi   Believe in yourself, learn, and never stop wanting … Continue reading

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“When it comes to justice . . .”

“When it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can’t sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, ‘This is not right.’ And I did.” In March of 1955, fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin was … Continue reading

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Take Action

Paul Ryan’s office is conducting a phone poll, hoping to hear overwhelming opposition to the Affordable Care Act. Here’s how you can participate to make him know that there is OVERWHELMING SUPPORT for the Affordable Care Act.  I just called … Continue reading

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We’re all immigrants

Knowing that Linda can still recite the words of Emma Lazarus’s poem with its iconic words “Give me your tired, your poor,/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,/ . . .”, this morning I asked her when she learned it: … Continue reading

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