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Towards a New Civil Rights Movement

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St. Louis American, August 22, 2013

 

When I talk to young people, they sometimes raise the failure of my generation and beyond in making this a better country – one that protects the rights of all regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion and age.

Our circular progress (or rollback of progress) can land on a generation where it’s really a struggle to survive, let alone aspire and achieve. There are lessons that not just young people must consider, but our society as a whole if we are to utilize the anniversary of the March on Washington as a benchmark in human development. Read more

We can’t win if we don’t fight for our kids

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This excerpt is from a St. Louis Post Dispatch article:

“When Superintendent Kelvin Adams last winter proposed closing Cleveland NJROTC High School — a magnet school with a Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps — parents and students spoke for hours in opposition at public forums. When the he proposed phasing out Beaumont in 2011, no one stepped forward to save it. The school hasn’t accepted a freshman class since.”

Note: red text is my emphasis

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Still no justice for Henrietta Lacks and her family

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Henrietta Lacks and her family may finally be getting acknowledgement of her medical legacy but it’s not even close to real justice–there’s still no financial compensation.  Read it here.

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I could’ve sworn that I wrote a full commentary about Sister Henrietta after I read the compelling book about her story. I only found a reference to her in my book, The Best of  ‘The Way I See It‘.  It was a postscript to 2010 article on the Tuskegee syphilis experiment.

Postscript: In 2010, author Rebecca Skloot further validated the continuum of medical exploitation with her book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Cancer cells were taken from Lacks’ body without her knowledge or permission before she died in 1951. Because the rare and inexplicable cells were self-perpetrating, the HeLa cell line became a golden goose of the research industry. To date, the Lacks family has not been compensated for the use of the cell line. The family’s civil suit against Johns Hopkins Hospital to  get justice was unsuccessful.