Talking about Classism.  Who Are You and Where Do You Come From?

Published on April 18, 2022.

I didn’t know about class when I first started working as an organizer. I had never thought about it as a category, though I had been taught to be ashamed of being poor. I figured that somehow, it was our fault the way we had to live. A Pivotal Conversation I remember going to a […]

Becoming an Organizer Part 3 – Learning Moments

Published on March 28, 2022.

I started the Piedmont Peace Project (PPP) with the help of so many from my work in North Carolina, South Carolina and other places. The first foundation to support me was Chuck Shuford from the Youth Project who also became a close mentor. Chuck came from a working-class community and the same area where I […]

Becoming and Organizer Part 2 – Going Back Home

Published on March 14, 2022.

I had always said I wanted to go back to North Carolina to fight the KKK, but I finally understood from my mentor in South Carolina, Septima Clark, that I couldn’t fight them. “That’s what they want and they will win!” she told me. What I needed to do, she said, was go back home […]

Becoming an Organizer Part 1 – Septima Clark

Published on March 1, 2022.

I am often asked, “How did I become an organizer?” And how did I get to where I am today? As you shall see, many people were part of this journey. So I begin with the beginning, about 40 years ago. Leaving Home Ku Klux Klan harassment of me grew to a threatening, intolerable level […]

Why Rosa Parks Really Sat Down On the Bus

Published on February 28, 2022.

the role of women in the civil rights movement


Published on January 25, 2022.

Thinking about Generosity One day last spring I looked out my window and saw a woman walking toward my house with two dogs. I assumed she thought our long driveway was a road and went outside to talk to her. I found out that her name is Aileen and that she is a Baptist minister. […]

Rednecks – Many Different Meanings

Published on November 2, 2021.

When I first went to Massachusetts in the early 90s, some people asked me, “How can you live in the South with so many rednecks?” I was both shocked and horrified, not understanding what they meant by the term. More Than One Meaning Before moving north, I had thought of the term “rednecks” in two […]

Keep Your Money in the Community

Published on October 12, 2021.

When dollars are spent locally, they can be re-spent locally Did you know that locally-owned businesses circulate three times more money back into the local economy than chain stores do? A Shopping List I was recently thinking about an event we held while at Piedmont Peace Project, where we organized low-income folks in rural North […]

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