reflections on race, religion, history & social change

February 9, 2018

Today, on the 50th anniversary of the Orangeburg Massacre and two days after the murder of one of South Carolina's most prominent advocates of social justice, Muhiyyidin d'Baha, in New Orleans, I would like to invite all South Carolinians of good conscience to "Beyond...

September 27, 2017

Good gracious God!

Looking for a quick and easy way to tell if NFL owners really care about black lives or are just in it for the money? By extension, would you like to know a litmus test for the political maturation of the Euro-American people? When we see THIS just be...

April 8, 2017

Deflection. Deception. Disinformation. Disavowal. Duplicity.

Sadly, these appear to be the new normal in the highest offices of the honored government of my country, the United States. And there is little on the horizon to indicate anything but more of the same for a c...

February 10, 2017

On this Martin Luther King Day, I am happy to add my voice to the chorus that has been thanking the Obama Administration for the announcement last Thursday of the creation of three new units of the National Park system that commemorate the struggle for civil rights in...

November 8, 2016

"America's achievement in government, commerce, industry, science, and culture staggers the imagination. No less staggering are the evils that have grown in her soil. These, however, must not blind one to the vast potential she possesses to serve the highest interests...

March 15, 2016

I just saw this glowing review of Michele Moore's The Cigar Factory: A Novel of Charleston (University of South Carolina Press, 2016) in the Charleston Post & Courier and am intrigued. It's the latest offering from Story River Books, the imprint of the late renowned au...

February 5, 2016

The Atlanta Baha'i Center is not just one small faith community's place of worship; it is an important site in the history of interracialism in American religious practice. While there were a handful of Baha'is, black and white, in Atlanta from early in the 20th centur...

June 18, 2015


The attack on Emanuel AME Church is not just about Charleston, or South Carolina. And it certainly appears not to be about one individual who was simply mentally deranged. Let's get serious and dig deep.


April 3, 2015

Linton Weeks of National Public Radio (who last summer interviewed me for a story about the Baha'i Faith as the largest religious minority in SC) has a nice piece published yesterday on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech, "Let Us March on Ballot Boxes," in Kingstree,...

February 3, 2015

On Thursday, February 19, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. it will be my pleasure to participate in an observance of Black History Month at the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library on S. Dargan St. in Florence. The program is entitled: "A Historical Overview of the Black Experie...

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