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Imagine it is 1961: lunch counter desegregation, Freedom Riders under siege by firehoses, police dogs, bombs and white mobs. Playwright Jireh Breon Holder’s Too Heavy for Your Pocket is a  look at the tenuous balance between security and risk, the bonds of love and friendship, and the personal cost of progress. Holder’s plot centers on…

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  In 1966, a group of young blacks in Oakland, California formed the Black Panthers. It would become one of the country’s largest, self-help organizations to date. The model would spread across America to other metropolitan areas. Founded in response to police harassment, the Black Panthers had a style and mindset all their own. This…

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This summer marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most pivotal civil rights events to take place — Freedom Summer in Mississippi. Led by Bob Moses and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, organized college students, mainly white, from above the Mason-Dixon Line partnered with young, black activists from the South, putting their lives on…

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On Sunday, Feb. 22, 2014, at St. Luke Community U.M.C., the congregation witnessed living history. We were blessed with profound words from Congressman John Lewis, the man who talked, walked and marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interestingly, as we walked up to the church doors, my 6-year-old daughter asked me why everyone was…

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