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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: Chickens coming home to roost

    Malcolm X was maligned for saying when President John Kennedy was murdered, that it was “chickens coming home to roost.” He meant the violence we practiced around the world was coming home to us. One only needs to reflect upon our history to recall many instances in which we have chosen...

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    MEEKS: Dismantling the new racial caste system

    “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in an Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander addresses the issue of criminal justice which impacts communities of color (especially African- American and Latino) more than many others. The lack of the equitable distribution of justice contributes...

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    MEEKS: We are still holding on to courage

    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: Not in my name

    Last week, the state of Georgia issued a death warrant for Marcus Wellons. He is a friend of ours at the Open Door Community and is faithfully ministered to by the community. We are sad, but we will not allow ourselves to be so overwhelmed by that sadness that we forget to speak up about this continued...

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    MEEKS: A gentle giant left us

    Dr. Vincent Gordon Harding died Monday night. He was a gentle giant indeed. Voices across this land and many other countries can affirm the powerful ways in which he bore witness to the ethic of love. So many of us often joked about how many people across the country had his cellphone number. This...

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    MEEKS: Thank you Episcopal bishops

    Though they are joined by many other religious leaders in their outrage at the recent gun bill that was signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal, I want to thank our Episcopal bishops for being in that number. When the state loses its mind, hopefully the church will not follow it. Too many of our Georgia...

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    MEEKS: Easter Day and death row

    Though I always enjoy Holy Week and the wonderful rituals of our church which are re-enacted during this time, this year was more powerful than in past years. Of course, as is true for most people, there is a lot going on in my life and with my family and friends. But one fairly new part of my journey...

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    MEEKS: Still seeking the beloved community

    Forty-six years ago I was sitting at my little desk where I worked as a receptionist for a surgeon in Compton, Calif., when the announcement was made regarding the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I recall jumping up from my chair to run to tell my employer, Dr. Miller and he met me in the hallway...

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    MEEKS: We need a new fire

    The Georgia legislative session is finished and no progress was made toward addressing health-care issues in this state. A debt of gratitude is owed to the courageous group of folks who disrupted the work of the Legislature and got themselves arrested last week in an effort to show that we need ...

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    MEEKS: We could learn from Finland

    A few days ago I heard a wonderful National Public Radio story on education in Finland. It was amazing and it caused me to ponder how we might change some of our educational ways if we could allow ourselves to learn from others. In this regard, perhaps former Bibb County school Superintendent Romaine...

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