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“When,” a poem by Daniel A. Harris

Daniel Harris, poet, scholar, environmentalist, and long-time Not in Our Town supporter, had the following poem accepted for publication in the Connecticut River Review.  Daniel has given us permission to publish it on the blog.  Daniel invites you to visit his website,


Since time is running out for me

to say about

the currents of oceans

gulls on their errands

the wind-lashed palms


And time is running out for me

to say about

the horses, their riders

beasts of burden, oxen

yoked to plow the many fields


And time is running out for me

to say about

the     other chattel

people caught and shackled

shipped and bought

enslaved for free labor, profit


While time runs short for me

to say about

women abused to breed

the owners who used them

children, men schooled by whip


Time’s run out for me

to cough up phlegm and tell

of whites who told

in schools the whitest lies

that could be told

about     our liberties

(and boy! was I sold! )


So time keeps running back to me

though I at the sill

poise to falter

© Daniel A. Harris

Making a Home for Black History

In a New Yorker article, (August 29, 2016 issue) Vinson Cunningham describes the process that brought about the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is scheduled to open in September, 2016 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  He also gives a “sneak peek,” describing the architecture and the exhibits.

On Social Media, As In Life, White People Are Way Less Likely To Talk About Race

Gene Demby of NPR’s Code Switch reports on “New data from the Pew Research Center [that] strongly suggests that . . . white people really are much less likely to talk about racial issues on social media.”  He quotes Monica Anderson, the lead researcher on the Pew Study, [who] “pointed to other surveys showing similar gaps in conversations about race in real-life settings. White people say they are also less likely to discuss issues of race offline.”

Talking about race will be the focus of the September Continuing Conversations on Race, which will be held on Tuesday, September 6, because of the Labor Day holiday.

Why Subtle Bias Is So Often Worse than Blatant Discrimination

In their Harvard Business Review article, Eden King and Kristen Jones outline the damaging effects of subtle bias or microaggressions in the workplace and suggests ways of addressing them.

Celebrating The Invisible Cryptologists

Published originally for Black History Month, this article by Gina Vargas describes the African-American experience at Arlington Hall Station (AHS), the predecessor to the National Security Agency.  She draws her information from the book The Invisible Cryptologists: African-Americans, WWII to 1956 by Jeannette Williams.


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