Twenty years ago on a sweltering June afternoon, Richmonders of all backgrounds from city and suburbs came together in a dramatic act that broke the silence surrounding much of the city’s racial history. This first walk set in motion a sustained movement of honest conversation across the region that continues to gain momentum today.
"The subject may be serious, as are many of the personalities he introduces us to, but he utilizes a down-to-earth, funny and insightful approach which manages to bring out the best in them – making them approachable and understandable." So writes Charles Aquilina in his review of Graham Turner's new book The Power of Silence.
Laura Boobbyer shares some thoughts she has had about quiet times. "It's not that I don't believe in quiet times - I do - it's just that I have always found it difficult to get out of bed! Maybe you have the same problem? My quiet time career, since Initiatives of Change changed my life 20 years ago, has had many ups and downs..."
On April 25th (the 60th anniversary of the publication of the structure of DNA) I attended a conference on genetics in downtown Boston. The conference venue was just a few blocks from where ten days before two bombs had exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, so I went to the site.
When US Secretary of State John Kerry met with Egypt’s leaders he noted that the road to democracy is long: "I say with both humility and with a great deal of respect, that getting there requires a genuine give-and-take among Egypt's political leaders and civil society groups, just as we are continuing to struggle with that in our own country."
"We had separate water fountains, bathrooms and bus seats. But Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King fixed things." Frankie once said that in class but he wasn't the first and won't be the last. Schools often scratch the surface of civil rights, teaching the same few stories, about the same few famed people.
As a new board member, I am pleased to share with you my history with Initiatives of Change (IofC). I was first introduced to IofC through my work with Hope in the Cities in the early 1990s while serving as city manager in Petersburg, Virginia.
The recent shooting of innocent children in Newtown, CT, has caused us to ask ourselves how we can do better. In President Obama’s words, "These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change."