Sunday, December 8, 2013

Dear Mrs. Kennedy

Eight hundred thousand-that’s roughly the number of condolence letters former first lady Jackie Kennedy amassed in the two months following her husband’s murder. By the two-year anniversary of his death, the quantity had swollen beyond 1.5 million. Incapable of responding to every communication personally, Jackie made certain each was nevertheless granted acknowledgement.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

You Must Never Be Fearful

Happy Rosa Parks Day, friends! On December 1, 1955, Rosa was detained in Montgomery, Alabama for refusing to give up a seat in her bus’s colored section for a white passenger. Though she wasn't the first black commuter to rebel against discrimination, her act of defiance signaled a decisive turning-point in the Civil Rights Movement. Rosa has subsequently earned the designations “First Lady of Civil Rights” and “Mother of the Freedom Movement.”