Bearing Witness

Bearing Witness

Last month, in my role as an organization development consultant, I co-facilitated a team retreat with my dear friend and colleague, Tony Bennae Richard. The team had experienced a painful and chaotic transition that left them feeling demoralized and distrustful. We...

#WakandaForever, Lesson #3

#WakandaForever, Lesson #3

Still more learning from the Black Panther movie. Looking at the incredible, strong, and confident characters from Wakanda, one can see what is possible for groups and individuals who grow up in a society where oppression does not exist. No one is left with the...

Projecting Terrorism is Deadly

Projecting Terrorism is Deadly

One of the main reasons police officers give when they engage in violence against Black people and people of color is that they “felt threatened.” What’s devastating is the number of instances in which, despite the complete lack of real danger, police officers...

#WakandaForever, Lesson #2

#WakandaForever, Lesson #2

One of the many things I loved about the movie Black Panther was the complexity of the relationship between T’Challa and Killmonger. This relationship and the history behind it illustrates the way that no one is all good or bad and that we cannot truly understand...

#WakandaForever, Lesson #1

#WakandaForever, Lesson #1

Ever since seeing the movie Black Panther, I’ve been fascinated by all the lessons one can take away from it. I was delighted, therefore, to learn about what the Ron Clark Academy did with their students. This nonprofit middle school, located in Atlanta, set up a...

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