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“…I’m not aware of any serious scholarship on black Cleveland in the 1960s…Thus I very much would want us to find some young historian who’d take an active research interest in Winston’s life history and fascinating achievements wholly apart from litigation prospects.”

David J. Garrow, 1987 Pulitzer Prize Winner for…

Y Te Amo Tanto

…I miss you terribly but the memories we…

…the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic’s ruthless and ever-expanding physical footprint?

Cleveland Clinic’s Main Campus

Indisputable evidence of an egregious wrong that should have been righted a long time ago.

My Dear Husband, Pepe:

One year has now passed since you went away. Yet the lyrics to the song Where Are You? constantly invade my thoughts.

“Where are you? Where have you gone without me?”

Being without you is a pain that I could never have imagined in a million years, and I remain in a cloud of profound…

Taking our land back

On the afternoon of April 20, 2021, the eyes of the world were on Minneapolis, Minnesota as a guilty verdict was rendered against the former white police officer who murdered George Floyd, an unarmed, handcuffed Black man, in plain sight. In response to the “guilty of all charges” verdict, jubilation…

As Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist, Eugene Robinson wrote recently, I want to believe that George Floyd’s murderer will be found guilty and sent straight to prison. But we have seen far too many spectacles of Black death that have gone unpunished to naively hold on to that hope. For…

…and when will they finally see us as human and stop killing us?

1979 billboard by Cleveland businessman, Winston E. Willis

With this bold and controversial billboard statement on the corner of his popular business strip on 105th St. and Euclid Avenue, African-American businessman- real estate developer, Winston E. Willis expressed his outrage at the brutal murder by Cleveland police of another unarmed young black man. The billboard, one of several on the volatile subject exposing systemic racism in his community, infuriated law enforcement and the local judiciary and sent them into a rage. Adding fuel to the racially motivated conspiracy that led to the complete theft and destruction of Willis’ entire business empire. The painful irony is that the billboard bears uniquely tragic relevance today. Repeating Willis’ question: “When will become a crime in America?” And when will they finally see us as human and stop killing us?

The Funeral of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A national day of mourning for the fallen leader, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

People of a certain age, people of my generation, are aware that in the years since his assassination, it is rarely mentioned that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was cut down nine months before he reached his fortieth birthday. As a young pastor, he had been with us since…

This weekend, after having watched the powerful and emotionally heart-rending new Tina Turner documentary on HBO, I received a phone call from a childhood friend in Detroit reminding me of our personal connection to an early Ike and Tina Turner Review performance. My friend, Patricia and I first met in…

A letter to my dear departed husband, Pepe

My Beloved ‘Pep’:

It’s taken me a while to manage this emotionally, but I think I might be up to it now. Numerous attempts have ended in tearful eruptions of grief and sorrow, but this is something I have been wanting to write since I let go of your body…

Aundra Willis Carrasco

Freelance Writer, Essayist, Blogger, Curious Social Observer. E-Mail me at: aundra.willis@gmail.com or visit https://aundrawilliscarrasco.com

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