Melting Pot

Nonviolent Communication

When most people hear of “Violent Communication” they may envision physical aggression. Certainly acts of physical aggression are violent and prevent safe communication. We may also harm others through offensive words, labels, judgments, criticizing others, using political rhetoric, or responding with anger. When these verbal and emotional attacks…

Project Say Something: History and Race in Florence, AL

Urban Renewal and Public Housing in Florence Florence’s first public housing units, like its neighborhoods, were segregated. In 1950, the city of Florence needed both new, modern housing and clearance of slum areas, but public housing took priority. That same year the Public Housing Administration approved a preliminary…

Begin with Beauty

an appeal to artists by ELISE MATICH | Educator + Editor, The Remembered Arts Journal ON EASTER SUNDAY, 1939, Marian Anderson sang “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, after the Daughters of the American Revolution denied her access to their segregated concert hall. Although…

The Journey to the Cultural Kaleidoscope of Kolkata

Every city has a unique story to tell. I was born and brought up in Kolkata, India. Every time I go back, the same city touches me with different emotion. The roads, the buildings, the changing topography every time represents a unique nostalgic representation of the past and…

Women’s March a Tidal Wave of Momentum

What started with a casual Facebook post turned into a global day of coordinated protest the likes of which has never been seen before. Estimates have ranged from three to over five million people participating worldwide. In spite of the then President-Elect instructing the National Park Service to…

Paying Respect to Survivors: A Journey Home

I was born and raised in Germany. As a child, we learned a lot about the horrors of the Holocaust in history class. It was hard to believe that this had happened in my country. I couldn’t even fathom how people could do such evil things to each…

Project Say Something: History and Race in Florence, AL

The Ambiguities of Race and the Permanence of Slavery: A Look at George W. Farris, Escaped Slave   Homer Plessy Newspaper accounts from across the nation in the 1850s tell the tale of an escaped slave calling himself George Washington Farris. The story detailed by these accounts highlights…

Karibu (Welcome) Kenya

For many years I have wanted to visit a country in Africa but could not decide which one I wanted to visit first. After months of pondering and researching multiple countries I decided Kenya would be my first African country to visit. After weeks of research on Kenya…