Black Lives Matter began in July 2013 as a hashtag #blacklivesmatter in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in 2011. It gained national attention in 2014 with the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York City.
Fort Pickett was established in 1942 as Camp Pickett. It has been in more or less continuous use since then. It was initially home to the 79th Infantry Division but has served many purposes and army units since then. It is currently used by Virginia National Guard and Air Guard units.
I am asking each of you to take a pledge to reduce racial polarization. I believe that this or something very similar is the only way to begin to address the issues that have become so apparent to the white majority in the past three months.
This is the second of two posts on what I learned during the pandemic. You can read about the first five in Part 1 of this blog post. 6.Racism continues to be a central issue for America In 1903 W. E. B.
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On Pilgrimage With Bill
This is a blog for my thoughts about religion. Sometimes I share my reflections on the Old and New Testaments through the daily lectionary readings. Other times I share reflections on theological issues and the role of religion in our lives. Currently, I am trying to come to an honest understanding of my own religious convictions. Click here to view the complete blog and use the email link to sign up for notices of new postings. The following is the most recent posting.
I have been a faithful Roman Catholic since birth. During those 80 years, a lot has changed in the world, in Christianity, in Roman Catholicism, and in me. In fact, so much has changed that it is difficult to remember exactly what I was like at different points in my life let alone remember what the Church or the world was like.
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Our Trip Blogs
We travel quite a bit both for vacations and to visit our far-flung family. When we do, I publish blogs about our adventures and some of the interesting places and people we encounter. The following is my latest offering. You can click here to see all the blogs over the past several years.
I have a good friend who is from Brooklyn. I called him from Brooklyn as we were enjoying the above Manhattan sunset from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. He gave me some Brooklyn wisdom, “Manhattan may have everything but Brooklyn has the view!” And what a view.
I was born and raised in Kansas City MO along with my five siblings and five cousins. I left in 1973 to move to Denver, then Detroit, then San Diego, and finally Rochester where I have lived for the past 35 years.
We left Virginia and traveled about three hours north passing through Maryland into Delaware and then Pennsylvania. It was Sunday which meant that the traffic was light although it seemed busy to this Rochester driver. We drove through downtown Wilmington on the way to our hotel in Glen Mills PA at the intersection of the Baltimore Pike (US 1) and the Wilmington Pike (US 202.)