Black History Month and Solidarity

In beginning our celebration of February as Black History Month, and in reflecting on the tumultuous state of our country, I recall the words of the eternal poet and teacher, Dr. Maya Angelou, who said, “Pick up the battle and make it a better world just where you are. It can be better and it must be better, but it’s up to us.”

May we take up Dr. Angelou’s challenge as we defend those seeking refuge from the brutality and horrors of war and who have recently been denied the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that our Declaration of Independence reminds us are unalienable rights. In this light, please read my poem, Free Gray, published last year in the San Francisco Peace and Hope online anthology.

As I’ve said before, emboldened by our common humanity, we can overcome tyranny.

Peace and inspiration,







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