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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: The martyrs are still speaking to us

    The Episcopal Diocese of Alabama hosts yearly pilgrimages to Hayneville, Alabama, to remember Jonathan Myrick Daniels and many others who were martyred in their state. Daniels was a young white seminarian from New Hampshire responding to the call of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to come to Alabama ...

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    MEEKS: To protect and to serve

    A few days ago while driving to Macon, I pulled over on the shoulder of the freeway to complete a phone call because I was having trouble hearing the person who was speaking to me. A couple of minutes after I pulled over, a Georgia Highway Patrol car pulled up beside me. I rolled down my window ...

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    MEEKS: The prisoner is our kin

    “The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.”

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    MEEKS: It is legal, but is it right?

    Today, I sat in the Office of Internal Affairs at a local county police department and had two African-American police officers work very hard to convince me that profiling is a good practice. The major portion of their argument was based upon the fact that it is legal.

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    MEEKS: Doing nothing is not an option

    A few days ago Starbucks began a campaign to encourage conversation about race by having their baristas write “race together” on their customers’ cups. It is not clear what the other parts of this campaign were to be, however, as of Sunday, that portion of the campaign ended...

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    MEEKS: Jaye’s heart

    In response to the column I wrote two weeks ago, I received a very heart rending email from a person who described the plight of a young man who will die if he does not receive a heart transplant. Though the process of receiving a heart transplant is complicated, Jaye Brown’s situation is...

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    MEEKS: Eulogy

    James Jones, 21, was shot and killed Feb. 12. He was an outstanding young man, majoring in chemistry at Clark Atlanta University. The university reports that he combined his pursuit of scholarship and community service in a very admirable manner. His peers report that he was quite generous in sharing...

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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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