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Catherine Meeks, holds a Ph.D. from Emory University. She taught African American Studies at Mercer University for 25 year. She served as a loaned executive to the mayor's office at the city of Macon directing the Mayor's Youth Violence Task Force for two years before joining Wesleyan College's faculty as the Clara Carter Acree Distinguished Professor of Socio-Cultural Studies before her retirement in 2008.

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    MEEKS: Eternal vigilance

    “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty,” according to Ida B. Wells, the anti-lynching activist, journalist, businesswoman, mother and all encompassing phenomenal woman. Wells was born a slave in July 1862, but grew up in a household with parents who escaped much of the psychological...

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    MEEKS: Protesting state-sponsored murder

    It was colder Tuesday, Jan. 13, than I had expected it to be as our small group of more than a dozen folks gathered in the section designated for protesters on the prison grounds at Jackson to bear witness to the state sanctioned murder of Andrew Brannan. This was the first time I had gone to Jackson...

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    MEEKS: Remembering Selma

    In 1965 when the events of Selma took place, I was an 18-year-old first-year, ill-prepared college student who had arrived in Los Angeles. It was my first time out of the South, and I was challenged by school work, the strangeness of the big city and being away from home for the first time in my...

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    MEEKS: Searching for compassion

    In the search to find compassion, one might turn to one of the oldest comments made about it centuries ago: The golden rule, “Do unto others as you would have done unto you.”

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    MEEKS: Profiling is not acceptable

    Last week, my oldest son was the victim of police profiling. While driving to work he noticed that he was being followed by a policeman from DeKalb County. Though his driving was fine, he was eventually pulled over. When he asked the officer what he had done, he was told “nothing.” ...

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    MEEKS: Let’s open our hearts

    Last week two homeless men were shot and killed while asleep in Atlanta, the city too busy to hate. A city that has made hatred for the poor a part of its new way of being. The ordinances against homeless people asking for money, running the homeless from the downtown area whenever a movie is being...

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    MEEKS: Stewart Detention Center costs too much

    There is no denying the fact that our immigration problems are complex. We have yet to demonstrate the will to truly seek a viable solution to them. The Band-Aid solution that involves mass incarceration of undocumented persons is hardly viable. The Stewart Detention Center bears witness to this...

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    MEEKS: Getting it right in the Diocese of Atlanta

    Though there are voices who often tend to speak loudly about being tired of talking about race, a few days ago more than 800 Episcopalians in the Diocese of Atlanta spoke quite loudly about the need to keep the conversation alive.

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    MEEKS: The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta gathers to repent

    Wednesday, the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, led by Bishop Robert Wright, will gather for a service of repentance and reconciliation in regards to the church’s complicity in slavery and the systems that have evolved from it.

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    MEEKS: A warrior woman has passed on

    A few days ago, my Aunt Cecil Irene Jackson died. She was 105 years old. She was a warrior woman indeed. A public school teacher for 38 years in the Junction City, Arkansas, system, who graduated from Grambling State University when it was still a college. She had a long career as a student because...

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