Remembering the Tuskegee Airmen

The following is adapted from "Soaring: The Legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen in South Florida," an exhibition I curated for the Miramar Cultural Trust, that was on display at the Miramar Cultural Center and is currently on display at the Ft. Lauderdale Branch of the Broward County Library through the end of February. In 1939, with the threat of the Axis Powers growing in Europe, the U.S. Congress established the Civilian Pilot Training Act and the Civi...

The Tribulations of a Race Dialogue

The Tribulations of a Race Dialogue
It was a book discussion. As a part of my work with the South Florida People of Color (SFPoC), I signed on to facilitate a book discussion of Carol Anderson’s White Rage: The Untold Truth of Our Racial Divide. We had been approached by the Take Down Slavery Symbols in Hollywood group, a part of the Black Lives Matter Alliance of Broward County. The organization has been working tirelessly to convince the City of Hollywood to remove street signs bearing

Celebrating Kwanzaa

Celebrating Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa is a holiday that most in the African American community know about, but aren’t very well-versed on. It’s an important holiday to me because it represents everything I stand for as an African American woman. A celebration of community, family and friends that brings us closer to our roots. What Is Kwanzaa? A week long celebration that is celebrated in the United States and in other nations of the West African diaspora in the Americas. The tra...

Reclaiming Our Time! Black Women In Politics

Reclaiming Our Time! Black Women In Politics
Over the past four decades, the increase of black women in politics has continued to grow. Social media has arguably played a part in increasing their likelihood with millennials. The modern state of America has urged those in politics to truly step-up and take a stand and that’s exactly what these women have been doing. Being a voice, evoking change and challenging the status quo. How could we forget the infamous phrase coined from Maxine Waters ‘Recla...

August 28: An Important Day In Black History

August 28: An Important Day In Black History
Booker T. Washington once said that “You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you have to overcome to reach your goals.” This quote matches up profoundly with the date August 28th. To some, the day August 28th maybe a birthday, or just a simple beach day, but the significance this day holds is truly immaculate. August 28th holds a great significance in the black community, as it continues to be a day of change and fruition. Most r

Back To School: Why Inclusion Is Important

Back To School: Why Inclusion Is Important
It’s back to school time! A time where we watch our children thrive in their academics. It’s also a time where we worry about what could happen, with so much going on in the world. As parents, specifically African American parents, we should worry about what is not happening for our children day to day in the school system. Inclusion. Sixty-three years ago, Brown v. Board of Education held that separate schools for black and white students are inherently

HBCU Digest: “HBCUs – The Institutional Antidote to White Fragility” by Tameka Bradley Hobbs, Ph.D.

This is my latest for HBCU Digest. When I saw Alicia's post for the first time, I was blown away by the way that she voiced so many of the complexities that come along with being black and educated in our society. I knew I had to unpack it. I'm really grateful to the Ahalt family for allowing me to share their story. “The antiblackness of both blacks and whites means that HBCUs are viewed, many times unfairly, as less than optimal options. But, interes

Life and Death in the Tongue: The Power of Talking (or Not Talking) About Race

Life and Death in the Tongue: The Power of Talking (or Not Talking) About Race
By Tameka Bradley Hobbs, Ph.D. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” – Proverbs 18:21 For the past year, I’ve worked with a passionate group of citizens in the community of Miami Shores to engage in conversations about race and history. Recognizing the demographic realities, as well as social and political inequities, in their community, the South Florida People of Color (the organization)

Can We Talk About Race? Facilitating Race Dialogues

Can We Talk About Race? Facilitating Race Dialogues
For the past year, I’ve had the privilege of working with a passionate group of citizens in the community of Miami Shores to engage in conversations about race and history. Recognizing the demographic realities, as well as social and political inequities, in their community, the Miami Shores People of Color are on a mission to create an antiracist society in South Florida. Working with the group, we developed the curriculum for a community race dial...

Key West Africana Festival

It was an honor to be invited to speak during the opening session of the 3rd Biennial Key West Africana Festival. If you aren't aware, Key West has some amazing history, from the African Cemetery to the exhibit on the wrecked slave ship, the Henrietta Marie, at the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum. The focus of my remarks revolved around the meaning of Juneteenth, since the Festival fell just a few days after that holiday. The title of my speech is "Juneteenth R...