Which images will history
capture? Top and bottom left: August 2014
in Ferguson, MO a peaceful, interracial and interracial candlelight vigil. Photo by Stephanie Troutman; hashtag
#HealSTL. Top and bottom right: Members
of the 1961 Washington Freedom Riders Committee en route from New York City;
1960 Greensboro Lunch Sit-in at the F.W. Woolworth luncheon counter. source: Library of Congress
New crossroads have emerged where a growing
diversity meets increasing inequality over a deeply rooted historical landscape
of injustice. In bearing witness to an
unfolding stream of injustice across America this is an undeniable time in our
nation. We are reminded that while much
has been accomplished through the Civil Rights era there remains more work
ahead for justice and healing in America.
In Ferguson, Michael Brown was laid earlier
this week leaving his family, community and a nation to mourn with unanswered
questions about our live. A work for justice continues with physical and
emotional costs that require a new sustainable, collective strength and resilience enabling forces that can shed light in the darkest of places of our hearts and
Here are a few suggestions to remain healthier and strong for the days ahead:
Schedule personal time for
physical, meditation and/or faith practices.
Healthier nutritional practices can make difference. Drink water throughout the day. Get enough sleep.
always believed that exercise is the key not only to physical health, but to
peace of mind.
Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom
Reflect. Take a look in your
mirror. Reflection is an informative process that helps establish authenticity.
Read beyond the pages of social
media. Use poetry, essays, stories and books to open your consciousness,
critical thought are necessary for growth and development.
Take on creative experiences with art, music,
dance and other forms work for good on the heart and mind.
Talk with family and friends
about your views with respect, but let your voice be heard. Informed differences in opinions and ideas can
improve understanding if we are open.
Whatever you do let light and truth be your
guide for justice. Share your insight.