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Photo courtesy of Mr. Eddie 'Big Cat' Odom, Mrs. Odom's son.

There is no statue honoring Yvonne Bernadette Lee Odom in my hometown of Delray Beach, Florida. I would like to feign surprise, but I am not that good a thespian. The same reason she does not have a statue celebrating her life-risking sacrifice to improve society is the same reason there is little to no…

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In the James Baldwin movie I Am Not Your Negro, a line stands out to me as truth: “Integration came because consumer firms realized that Blacks had dollars.” There it was. Our tolerable integration was not based on the fairness of the system or our humanness but rather predicated on our economic strength. The majority advertising firms…

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