Civil Rights Hero JoAnne Bland: “This Time, We’re Going to Go All the Way”

JoAnne Bland, founder of Journeys for the Soul tour company, was 11 years old when she crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 1965—a day that would come to be known as Bloody Sunday.

“To look at those kids out there trying to do what’s right and saying they’re not gonna take it anymore, brought back the memories of the ‘60s. And when police attacked, it really took me straight back to that bridge, straight back to that bridge. How could this happen? To still be happening 55 years later, how can it? … But [I pray that] those children don’t stop. Don’t stop ‘til they get it right. … I encourage them and I pray every day: Please don’t stop. Change will come if you keep their feet to the fire. Change will come.”

Paying for All We Get

For centuries, a bitter aphorism has defined the Black experience in America: Blacks in this country “may not get all they pay for in this world,” Frederick Douglass noted, “but they must certainly pay for all they get.”

If we aren’t careful, recent progress made on issues of racial justice will be quelled by white supremacy once again.

“Arguably forming the largest movement in American history, marchers in the streets roused the conscience of the nation and defied America to reckon with, and pull up, its racist roots… Maybe, just maybe, we will finally strike a fatal blow to the heart of racism and white supremacy.”

Tools of the Patriarchy: Should Chivalry Be Dead?

While accepting a polite gesture should come easily, it is natural that polite actions created off of a basis of gender inequality may make women squirm—it certainly does make us.

“The fact is, chivalry is a standard that is based on sexist ideals—created during a time when women were referred to as damsels in distress, and when men with power were so out of control they needed a clear set of rules to tell them not to rape any woman they saw.”

Two Generations of Lawyers on AG Barr’s Corruption and Incompetence

Together, a granddaughter and grandfather reflect from their very different legal perspectives on how Attorney General William Barr is damaging the reputation of the Department of Justice.

“Rather than feel camaraderie with our fellow citizens, we have splintered into seemingly irreconcilable factions that see the other side as an existential threat to the country. These rifts have been fomented by a president who has engendered domestic chaos as a political strategy while befriending dictators—and by his enforcer, Attorney General Barr, who converts his midnight tweets into action.”