black lives matter. again.

Timeline

It goes in cycles but seems never ending. Every generation of African Americans has that moment where the anger boils over like fire because the racism and hatred just becomes unbearable. It’s got to stop but we know it’s never ending.
Watts Riots – 1965
LA Riots – 1992
Ferguson Riots – 2014
Minneapolis Riots – 2020

#poetry #instagrampoetry
#DoBetterAmerica #AmericanHistory

poetry. on turning 42, part II. circa 2015

42  

A random age  

In random times 

Yet significant  

In this moment  

In history  

And in life  

Forty-two 

2 × 3× 7 

The angle  

Upon which  

A rainbow sits 

So that  

In the right light  

You see hope  

In the eye of the storm  

42 

The number of days  

A password expires  

On a Microsoft domain 

Before you must create a new one  

Restart the tedious process  

Of creating a new set of characters  

That symbolize who you  are

Yet is something you can remember  

Before you forget again  

The older you get  

The more you use the same password  

For multiple tasks  

Because life is  

Too short  

To have to remember  

How to get into your email account 

42 minutes  

The time it takes  

To drill  

To the center  

Of the earth  

Divisible by 

1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 14, 21, 42 

separates life  

Into segments  

Sections  

42 

In spiritual terms

Signifies the essence 

Of making life plans

Decisions

Figuring out 

What is next 

On your bucket list 

42

Superbowl XLII 

With 97.5 million viewers  

The year Jordin Sparks  

Sang the National Anthem  

And the year I made the decision  

to take a leap faith  

Figured out  

God had my back  

After all  

4 + 2 = 6 

The number of times  

My heart has been broken  

42 

broke barriers  

in the form of Jackie Robinson  

Baseball  

My grandfather’s favorite pastime  

Boring to me  

Yet symbolized so much  

To a race 

A country  

A sport  

Everyday  

42 children 

are diagnosed with cancer  

Such little bodies  

Such little time  

So unfair  

Yet so biblical  

Little children suffer  

God beckons  

God protects  

42 is the  answer given  

When a Google search  

Is completed  

Using the terms   

“The meaning of life ” 

That you can  

Find the answer  

To these questions  

On Google  

Is a challenge  

In itself  

A 50th Commemoration. May 4th, 1970

If you are my age, 47, and if you especially attended Kent State University, you for sure, know the date, May 4th, 1970. That’s the date that four students at Kent State, were shot and killed during protests over the Vietnam War. As a student at Kent State University, every year, the university provides a retrospective of that day. If May 4th fell on a weekday, like today, classes would be postponed at 12 noon so that students could participate in educational remembrance events and activities with special guests, etc. I remember being a student on campus during the 25th anniversary, featuring the show 20/20 as well as the 60s singing group, Peter, Paul, and Mary. This year marks the 50th anniversary of that fateful day. This date will forever be seered into anyone’s mind, who has been connected with Kent State University. It’s also important to the larger history of protest and unrest in America, particularly that of the Civil Rights movement, since Black students were also in the middle of their own protest for equality on campus during this time. 1970 also marks the only other time that state universities in Ohio were closed for the remainder of the semester (much like the shutdowns for our current Coronavirus Quarantine situation). As a result, just like now, I learned during my professional work in Alumni Relations, the Class of 1970 at many universities in Ohio, did not have a formal graduation. As a Class of 97 graduate of Kent state University, I am always cognizant of our controversial history, but I realize that, this history, is part of what made me an active and aware student, made me a student activist and advocate for change, and what made me a proud alumni #KentStateForever

I encourage you to visit the link here to find out more about the history of Kent State and May 4th, 1970. A tattered history. #50yearslater #KentStateUniversity #MyAlmaMater

https://www.kent.edu/may4kentstate50

#90sFlashback. J. Crew Catalog

A piece of nostalgia, filing for bankruptcy. If you are #40AndOver and attended college in #the90s, you probably remember receiving a #JCrewCatalog in your dorm mailbox. It was probably the first catalog that catered to the college age student, so unlike the JC Penney and Sears catalogs of our parents and grandparents day. It was a hallmark of life on campus. I never ordered anything from them and I’m guessing not many of my friends did nor this current generation, because, unlike the JC Penney catalog (or Penny’s as my grandmother liked to call them), J. Crew was super expensive so really, most of us just looked at the pictures. #the40andoverproject #OldSchool #memorabilia