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After Charleston-Letters from Our Readers

In Social Justice by Seven Scribes Editorial BoardLeave a Comment

In the days since 9 members of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina were brutally murdered by white supremacist Dylan Roof, many of us have been overwhelmed with feelings of grief, anger, and frustration. After the shooting, several of us at Seven Scribes shared our reactions in a series of Letters After Charleston.…

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On Charleston: Letters from the Scribes Pt. 2

In Social Justice by fivefifthsLeave a Comment

In the Shadow of the Flag - fivefifths   Long drives down Carolina state roads through dusty main streets straight out of the 1950s and miles and miles of tobacco fields. We would go from Charlotte to Elizabethtown, the tiny town of narrow roads and backyard pecan groves carved into the deep green woods of Bladen…

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On Charleston: Letters from the Scribes Pt. 1

In Social Justice by JosieLeave a Comment

We Lean Towards Joy-Josie Helen   My soul lives below the Mason-Dixon line. I was born on Georgia soil, and, God willing, will die there. There is nothing like driving down the street that leads to my childhood home, where the road is lined not with streetlights or sidewalks, but countless trees that loom almost…

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The Debt

In Social Justice by fivefifths1 Comment

The noose was fitted from birth.   This one, the power cord of an air conditioning unit. Plastic and wires replaced the hard hemp knot, but the end result still the same. A dead Black body; a spirit extinguished. At once a tethering and an untethering, a joining of a broken man with his broken…

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“It’s Not Even Surprising Anymore”: Middle School Students React to Police Brutality

In Education by Clara Totenberg GreenLeave a Comment

Editor's Note: This gallery is a complimentary piece to Clara Green's article "The True Crime" about the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal. Five days after the school year started in Atlanta, Georgia, Mike Brown lay dead in a Ferguson street. I had just started teaching middle school social studies in a Title I. school with a…