Category Archives: Antiracism

15 January 2022

Walking.. Stretching. NK Body Philosophy. Gym in the Apartment.
Happy Birthday – Stevie Wonder
By the Time I Get to Arizona – Public Enemy
One Vision – Queen
Take My Hand, Precious Lord – Mahalia Jackson
Proud to Be Black – Run DMC
One – India.Arie
Wake Up – Rage Against the Machine
Ballad of Martin Luther King – Pete Seeger, Brother Kirk & The Sesame Street Kids
Letter to the King – The Game, feat. Nas
Pride – U2
Letter to Dr. Martin Luther King – Sweet Honey in the Rock
Glory – Common & John Legend

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29 December 2021

Walking. North East, Maryland. Christmas.
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Tom Jackson
Light of the Stable – Darlene Silversmith
Silent Night – Robert Mirabal
Angelic Glory – Red Nativity
Huron Carol – Jonathan Maracle
Poli’ahu – Kamakele “Bulla” Ka’iliwai
Joy to the World – Bill Miller
I wonder as I Wander – Joanne Shenandoah

Walking. North East, Maryland. Wounded Knee.
Wounded Knee – Micki Free
Ghost Dance – Robbie Robertson & The Red Road Ensemble
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee – Buffy Sainte-Marie
Wounded Knee – Walela
Dreams of Wounded Knee – Bill Miller
We Were All Wounded at Wounded Knee – Redbone

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26 December 2021 – Dakota 38+2

Walking. North East, Maryland.
Dakota 38+2 Memorial Ride
Treaties – Frank Waln
Intertribal Song – Dakota Nation & Red Bull United Tribes International
Standing Alone – Buddy Red Bow
Reflections of Paha Sapa – Bryan Akipa
The Moon Is Shining – Indigenous
Round Dance – Dakota Nation & Mandaree Singers United Tribes International
Peyote Healing – Robbie Robertson, Verdell Primeaux & Johnny Mike
Thunder Horse – Kevin Locke
Lakota Forever – Brule
Many and Great – Jon Sarta

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A Spot of Tea or the Cup of Christ

Perhaps I should have felt disappointed.  Our tea with Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu was canceled.  I had looked forward to this visit.  We were to meet him and to share tea with him at his home on Bishop’s Court.  However, his schedule became very hectic during the days when we were in Cape Town.  Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that the Archbishop had to change his hectic schedule.  I complain about how full my calendar gets – imagine what his looks like!  At any rate, the tea with our group from Cleveland was dropped from Archbishop Tutu’s schedule because he had to go to Johannesburg during that time.

This photo, by Benny Gool, is in the public domain, according to the Archbishop’s personal assistant.

On Thursday, November 2, we rose early.  We arrived at St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town for the 8:00 am All Soul’s Day mass.  Archbishop Tutu was the celebrant.  Brightness and life beamed from him as he prayed his way through the mass.  When the time came to pass the peace, he came among us and wished the peace of Christ upon us.  The service continued.  The moment of the Eucharist arrived. We made our way forward. From the hands of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, we received the host.  From his eyes, loved shone on each person. From his face, welcome emanated, surrounding us each and all and embracing the world.  

As the service ended, Archbishop Tutu asked that we be introduced to the congregation of about thirty or so.  He greeted us warmly.  We presented him with a “Rainbow Children” stole.  In joy he put it on.  We could sense his excitement although he did manage to refrain from dancing!  It took an effort.  Then he asked if we were really from the United States – because no one was ready to take pictures.  The cameras came out and, with gracious exuberance, Archbishop Tutu posed with the group and with each of us individually.  Then he was gone.

Perhaps I should feel disappointed.  But I do not.  If you had a choice between sharing with Archbishop Desmond Tutu either a spot of tea or the cup of Christ – how would you choose?

For the life and faith and love of witness of Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu, thanks be to God.

Cape Town, South Africa
2 November 1995
North East, Maryland
26 December 2021

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They ride

In the early morning they rise.
People and horses they ride.
They pray and eat.
Riders mount horses
and into the pale light, in prayer
together hey begin to ride.

Through the mist,
they ride.
Through the fog,
they ride.
Through the cold,
they ride.
Through the rain,
they ride.
Through the snow,
they ride.
Through the ice,
they ride.

To remember,
they ride.
To tell the story,
they ride.
To bear witness,
they ride.
To grieve,
they ride.
To heal,
they ride.
To hope,
they ride.

For the 38+2,
they ride.
For justice,
they ride.
For the people,
they ride.
For themselves,
they ride.
For the future,
they ride.
For us all,
they ride.

To Mankato,
traveling  through the past,
inspiring the present,
shaping the future,
they ride.

25 December 2021
North East, Maryland

Learn more about the Dakota 38+2 and the 2021 Memorial Ride.
View Dakota 38, a documentary about the ride for reconciliation and hope.
A Memorial Run from Fort Snelling to Mankato also takes place on December 25-26

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18 December 2021

Walking. North East, Maryland.
International Migrants Day.
Unite 75 – Daara J Family
Immigrant – John McCutcheon
Ave Que Emigra – Gabby Moreno
The Migrant Worker – Jim Croce
Gourma – Etran Fintawa
Take Me to Cleveland – Robert Neustadt
No Geography – The Chemical Brothers
Highwomen – The Highwomen
Look in Their Eyes – David Crosby
Why We Build the Wall – Hadestown
La Jaula de Oro – Los Tigres del Norte
Alien – Gil-Scott Heron
Cages – Redbait
Bad Hombres y Mujeres – Antonio Sanchez
La Frontera – Lagartijeando, feat. Minuk
Migration – Jonny Lipford
The Dreamer – Jackson Browne
My Only Home – Unchained XL, feat. Genesis Elijah & Femi Ashiru
A Safe Place to Land – Sara Bareilles, feat. John Legend
Running – Keyon Harrold, Andrea Pizziconi & Jasson Harrold, feat. Running feat. Common & Gregory Porter
Amor Migrante – Elena & Los Fulanos
Go Tell a Bird – Maya De Vitry
Beyond the Border – Bhi Bhiman
Godspeed – Radney Foster
Where We Are – Diana Jones
Migra – Santana
Immigrant Eyes – Willie Nelson
The Immigrants – Gabby Moreno & Van Dyke Parks
I Pity the Poor Immigrant – Joan Baez
Deportees – Sweet Honey in the Rock
Immigrants (We Get the Job Done) – K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC & Residente
No Human Is Illegal – The Wakes

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15 December 2021

Walking. Gym in the Apartment.
Sitting Bull’s Medicine Song – Kevin Locke
2 Live & Die on the Plains – Frank Waln
Ghost Dance – Robbie Robertson & The Red Road Ensemble
Sitting Bull’s Memorial Song – Lakota Thunder
For My People – Litefoot
Now That the Buffalo’s Gone – Buffy Sainte-Marie
Assinboine: Warrior Death Song (for Sitting Bull) – Native Americans Songs and Dances of the Sioux, Apache, Kiowa, Hopi, Navajo, Cree, Seminole and Others
The Prayer – SupaMan
Aiionwatha Forgives (World) – Joanne Shenandoah
Life Surrounds Me – R. Carlos Nakai
Wovoka – Redbone
Lakota Forever – Brulé
Ghostdance – Bill Miller

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#Fulfill December 3, 2021 #AdventWord

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December 3, 2021 · 10:15 pm

1 December 2021

Mrs. Rosa Parks anniversary. World AIDS Day.
Walking. Apartment.
Rosa Parks – Outkast
Rosa Sat – Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir
Sister Rosa – The Neville Brothers
Waterfalls – TLC
Together Again – Janet Jackson
Danny Boy – Black 47
Free Me – Sia
Jesus to a Child – George Michael
The Last Song – Elton John
Boy Blue – Cyndi Lauper
Sing – Annie Lennox
For a Friend – The Communards
Come Faithful Ones – Red Nativity
O Come Emmanuel – Little Windows
Christmastime 2 Creation – Warren Cooper

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#Justice December 2, 2021 #AdventWord

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December 1, 2021 · 8:58 pm