Why You Should Not Say, “The poor will be with you always.”

“Poverty is not a sin.”   He spoke these words boldly, as if he was saying something prophetic. Then he gave a pregnant pause, and waited for the audience to delight at this great revelation. These were the words uttered by a pastor while I was attending a workshop at a church planning conference forContinue reading “Why You Should Not Say, “The poor will be with you always.””

Announcing My Next Book Deal

Imagine two neighbors, one white and one black sitting down for a cup of coffee. The white neighbor has history in the small town—her family runs the local restaurant, her uncle is the community pastor, her mom is a career teacher at the only primary school, and her great uncle is the mayor. The storyContinue reading “Announcing My Next Book Deal”

How Children Learn Who’s In and Who’s Out

Racism. Racial languages. Systemic injustices and our kids. When I was a girl growing up in South Carolina, my young sister and I had several friends we would play with at school, through our extra-curricular activities, on our sports teams, and even in our home. Even though we grew up in a predominately African AmericanContinue reading “How Children Learn Who’s In and Who’s Out”