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Rev. C.T. Vivian and Rep. John Lewis being awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Obama


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Rev. C.T. Vivian

Aug 25th, 2015 — When I wrote this blog post about Rev. C.T. Vivian, I was shocked and amazed when I learned that he had read it, and even more so, when he very graciously e-mailed me and expressed his sincere appreciation. Thus began a fascinating and immensely informative online conversation with this great man. I will always remember his kind and encouraging words as he expressed his hard-won ideals and his faith in the next generation. The lingering image of his constant smile and encouraging voice will remain forever.

Among his many accolades and life’s accomplishments as a pioneer…


Then and now…

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LEFT: My brother, Winston. RIGHT: Me — Images from our childhood in 1950s Montgomery, Alabama.

“…despite advances, the United States remains a nation of cowards on issues involving race.” Attorney General Eric Holder in 2009.

The newly sparked debate concerning the existence of systemic racism in this country is utterly mind-boggling, yet not surprising. But clueless members of the feckless GOP, e.g., the incompetent Trump administration, Larry Kudlow, William Barr, as well as Chief Justice John “our country has changed” Roberts and their ilk need only look to televised images of protesters by the thousands who have been galvanized to finally confront this issue and begin this long-overdue conversation.


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Peaceful protestors outside of the White House being tear gassed. Malcolm Nance, his 2016 best seller, and Vladimir Putin looking up at President Obama.

In as much as I was born female, I may be treading on risky gender specific territory here, and the subject I’m about to approach may very well be viewed as “a guy thing”, but having grown up in a two-parent household with a father and two older brothers as well as having raised two sons of my own, I feel I have learned a few things about the male psyche. In any case, I’m ready and willing to risk a male backlash. So, here goes.

Donald Trump is a coward. A behind-closed-Bunker doors whimpering, yellow-belly, scaredy-cat coward. Moreover, I’m…


The global pandemic national health crises through their eyes

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No school. No play. And it’s neither a snow day nor a holiday.

With the Coronavirus crisis becoming increasingly deadly, and with a president in the White House whose indifference and human cruelty knows no bounds, my observations and opinions, admittedly through the prism of motherhood, tend to lean toward our innocent children and what they must be witnessing and feeling during these difficult times. The personal sacrifices and struggles we’re experiencing as we navigate our way through this global health crisis are understandably difficult. But considering what it must it be like for children is even more disconcerting. …


“Justice delayed is justice denied” is an oft-repeated legal maxim, but it holds little meaning in some cases.

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For over five decades, in the racially-polarized city of Cleveland Ohio, one man, Winston E. Willis, has waged a mighty war against corrupt local government officials and courtroom manipulations that led to racially motivated property thefts and the destruction of his vast real estate empire. During this time, in a classic David and Goliath underdog vs. giant-type scenario, the former millionaire real estate developer courageously stood his ground and defended his constitutionally guaranteed property rights. But even after educating himself in the…


A shared birthday, a life-long love for the written word.

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I was an eager-to-learn first-grader at St. Jude Elementary School in Montgomery Alabama when I first became aware of the 19th Century poet, Emily Dickinson. Two of my older siblings, my resident babysitters were in junior high school at the time and very often, their nightly homework assignments became my bedtime stories. Drifting off to sleep as they studied and read aloud from textbooks with titles like “Prose and Poetry”, I soon became familiar with and began to memorize some of the poems being read to me.

Prior to entering Kindergarten and the first grade, I had been enrolled in…


…what every teen girl wished for during our yesterdays.

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Natalie Wood was probably one of the most photographed persons in the world. The camera loved her, from her chubby baby pictures to voluptuous adulthood. Her beauty was stunning. Her poise and bearing remarkable. During her meteoric ascendancy from adorably precocious child star to provocative Hollywood starlet, her image appeared on the cover of every movie magazine in print and graced the bedroom walls and scrapbook pages of teen girls all over the world. I was one of them.

For adolescent and teen girls in the ’50s and ’60s, Natalie Wood was a beautiful and accessible fashion icon and the…


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For most people of my generation, the war babies and baby boomers, the children of Pearl Harbor, the Polio epidemic, the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the adults of 9–11, there are a few other dates that also hold special significance and meaning. Brown v. Board of Education, 1954; The March on Washington, 1963; Apollo 11, 1969; Watergate, 1972; The Fall of the Berlin Wall, 1989; and Operation Desert Storm, 1991. But neither of these historic events was accompanied by the profoundly unimaginable shock and overwhelming tragedy of the Kennedy Assassination. And as political analyst Larry J. Sabato…

Aundra Willis Carrasco

Writer, Essayist, Blogger, Curious Social Observer. Lover of solitude. Born on Emily Dickinson’s birthday. E-Mail me here: aundra.willis@gmail.com

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