On Epistolaries And First Drafts

I think the most beautiful words are drifting, smoky things with such long histories you would have known them as I know them – Eloise Klein Healy I wrote all the profiles in The Slaves Have Names first as letters, my words sent sailing back over time to the...

The Landscape Tells Stories

Yesterday, P and I drove past an old store in the town of Rochelle here in VA.  The building still held the huge front windows and that overhang that we would not think was for automobiles but was built for open wagons – a chance to load and cover before...

Why I Support Reparations for Slavery

It is un-controverted that African slaves were not compensated for their labor. More unclear however, is what the effects and remnants of this relationship have had on African-Americans and our nation from the time of emancipation through today. – John Conyers,...