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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: 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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    MEEKS: Is it really about Ray Rice?

    There are many conversations going on at the moment about the Ray Rice situation, but there are some of us who believe that most of them are not about the core issues. In the first place, we have a national addiction to football and its violence. We have made football into a pastime that unites ...

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    MEEKS: Transfernation: A way to feed the hungry

    A few weeks ago, my column focused upon food issues, and I received a delightful response from a young man, Samir Goel, who is a student at New York University sharing his efforts to alleviate hunger in the world. He is the co-founder along with fellow student Hanna Deharandunwala of Transfernation...

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    MEEKS: Yes, Dr. Harding, we will carry on

    Last Friday, about 300 of us gathered in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Vincent Gordon Harding. The event was a stunning tribute to this dear, soft spoken, gentle giant.

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    MEEKS: Images that haunt me

    This morning I was reflecting upon some of the haunting images that circle through my mind. The most haunting ones are around the pictures of the children I see who have been killed in the Gaza Strip in the past few days. These images in my mind are accompanied by the telling of the horror stories...

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    MEEKS: Voting with my fork

    The wonderful film “NOURISH” invites us to vote with our forks in regards to the food industrial complex which is designed to control every aspect of our food life. Several months ago, my church embarked upon a study of food insecurity and the ways in which all of us are impacted by...

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