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Fifteen Years of Hate, a Lifetime of Lessons

March 21, 2016
When I converted to Islam back in August of 2000, I knew it would be a transition adding prayer 5 times a day to my daily routine, fasting from sun up to sundown during the month of Ramadan, and exchanging my revealing clothes for more conservative threads and a headscarf. However, these changes...
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Black Lives and Gun Violence

February 25, 2016
This blog post originally appeared in the Huffington Post . -MomsRising team Black lives matter. They matter whether they are taken at the hands of a hate-filled 21-year-old in a church prayer meeting, by a police officer who shoots a suspect he fears is armed or in a drive-by shooting on Chicago's...
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Men of Honor

February 24, 2016
Of course Black History Month is important to me. I’m an African American woman who just happens to be a mother and an educator. So, in a sense every day is possible for me because of Black History. I have a responsibility to continue the tradition of passing down knowledge to my children as well...
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#BlackHistory365: Dismantling the Stereotypes and Ensuring My Kids Know They Matter Too

February 24, 2016
When my son was 4 or 5 years old, I noticed some things in him that surprised and concerned me. He started saying things about himself that he wanted to change – like his skin color or his nose. He noticed he didn’t look like any of his teachers or his classmates, his new friends. And he wasn’t...
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Open Letter to all Good Cops

February 23, 2016
Note from the author: This blog was originally posted on and the e-newsletter for Mocha Moms, Inc. I wanted to share this post for blog carnival because I want the country to know how I feel as the mother of a 7 year African American boy. I wanted the frustration to pierce through...
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Growing Up In Brownsville With Racism

February 23, 2016
/*-->*/ When I think back on where I grew up in Brownsville there certainly was racism but I didn’t fall victim to it. It wasn’t like it was oblivious to racism, but wherever I went, I noticed I never really fit in. Was I going to let it break me? NO! I didn’t live in ignorance but I just simply...
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Taqwa (Virtue) through Anti-Bias Education

February 23, 2016
Note from the author: This piece originally appeared in Muslim Matters . As part of one of the most racially diverse faith communities, Muslim children in the United States are at the intersection of Islamophobia (a global system that stereotypes and marginalizes Muslims) and global anti-blackness...
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A Working Mom Black History Month Tribute: Grateful for my ancestors

February 22, 2016
"Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I rise." - Maya Angelou This blog post originally appeared in Chaton's World . A few words from the publisher: I submit this post about my gratitude to my ancestors because I stand on their...
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Racial Disparities Rooted in History, Hold Back Our Economy

February 22, 2016
Note from author: I updated this piece from summer 2015 to reflect the latest poverty data. I believe that this piece is a good fit for MomsRising’s Black History Month blog carnival because there is a persistent and harsh legacy that confronts people of color, our families, and communities every...
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How the Media’s Rhetoric Criminalizes Young People of Color

February 22, 2016
On February 17, 2016, Media Matters for America and the Advancement Project hosted a panel in Washington, D.C. on how the media contributes to the criminalization of people of color. Panelists included Danielle Belton (, Judith Brown Dianis (Advancement Project), Cristina Lopez, (Media...
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