Tag Archives: Civil Rights

A Trans Activist and a Poetic Judge

When forced to rule against transgender student Gavin Grimm because of a Trump administration directive, the sympathetic judge quoted a Naomi Shihab Nye poem. I examine the poem here and show why it is applicable to Gavin’s case.

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Loving Led to Social Justice

The film “Loving” is a quiet but powerful film about the struggle against miscegenation laws. The Lovings’ battle helped the mixed race family of former poet laureate Natasha Trethewey, who talks about her parents and her own journey to find meaning.

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Reading as a Subversive Act

Richard Wright’s “Black Boy” testifies to the liberating power of literature.

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