January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Like most people, when I first heard the words "human trafficking," I thought of a faraway land devoid of law, order and common decency. I had no idea that it was happening in my own backyard. Sitting in an advocate's community meeting to raise awareness, I was in denial … Continue reading Wear Blue For Freedom
Should schools prohibit inappropriate hairstyles? I use this poll question in a Freedom of Expression lesson for a diverse body of high school students. Using Nearpod, students respond yes or no and then have an opportunity to post comments on its collaborate board, sort of like post-its. The responses are honest and insightful from a … Continue reading Why are all the Black Girls with Big Hair Sitting in the Back of the Classroom?
* This article originally appeared in the Tropolitan--the school newspaper at Troy University. It remains an indelible memory for me. Seventeen years and I am still remembering 9-11 in the City that Never Sleeps. This past summer my son and I pounded the pavement of our native New York. My goal was to take him … Continue reading #NeverForget
It’s true. Everyone has a story. Lately, many have asked me: “what’s your story?” Over 20 years ago, I was able to articulate with great fervor the experiences in my life that shaped my personal narrative. Upon invitation, I shared my story at local outreach events and during special church programs. That was twenty years … Continue reading Nine Lives…Kat’s Story
On March 30, 2012, my beloved grandmother Dot died. Over 5 years later, I still miss her. I often say that I was blessed to enjoy the presence of both sets of grandparents-maternal and paternal-in my life. Most can't say the same. Sadly, my sweet grandfather, Grandma Dot's forever husband, died on September 22, 2017. … Continue reading To Her With Love