My Reflection

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Most Americans would agree that there is no place for racism and it should not be tolerated in our country. (Yet, none should be surprised to know it exists.) There has been a growing discussion around the issue of the American flag, the National Anthem, and what it means to respect or disrespect the flag. Personally, I believe in what …

What Does Service Mean to You?

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In our global world, we all have aspects of our culture that we share.  We are also increasingly exposed to other cultures and people.  Culture does not just extend to different countries, or different States, it is about your outlook and lens on the world around you.  Are you an artist, an educator – these things all shape your outlook, …

Life Lessons Extend Beyond the Books in D.C. Public Schools

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Culture is an essential element of learning, and it is best absorbed the younger you are.  Given the rate our world is becoming increasingly interconnected, early exposure to the world, its people, and their cultures can place someone light years ahead of their peers. It seems the D.C. Public School system understands the importance of early cultural exchanges and is …

Harriet Tubman Continues to Inspire Through Museum on Her Life

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A recent trip to the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center provided an opportunity to be reminded that the long road to freedom, traveled by some who never had the chance to see the opportunities we are afforded today, reaffirms the strength of individuals determine to persevere. The life of Harriet Tubman is often told, as she is the most well …

We Are Americans First

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The Fourth of July celebrates the birthday of America – a birth thought to be so weakened without the rule, direction and protection of its all-powerful mother country. This very experiment lacked precedent and was never thought to see the light of day. Then There Were Believers In 1776 no colony had ever successfully broken away from its colonizing ruler …

NBA Draft Day: What About the 99%?

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) draft is an emotional event for many different groups- the aspiring young professionals, their families, coaches, and the fans who spend countless hours researching the best possible selections for their respective teams. It’s a night where dreams do come true. All the blood, sweat, and tears have le d to the moment when you await …

Sports Diplomacy Will Continue in the Age of Trump…And Beyond

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In my recent article, Why President Trump’s State Department Budget Cuts Are Inspiring, I outline my position on the need for Diplomacy and why it matters. In fact, I argue that diplomacy is so vital, especially exchanges such as sports diplomacy, that it should and will continue to play a fundamental role in the State Department’s mission. Budget cuts should …

3 Things My Dad Engrained In Me That All Daughters and Sons Should Know

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We have all heard, “everyday should be Father’s Day”, but to have that one designated day to recognize fathers and father-figures is something special. My dad is an honest man, he never hides his shortcomings. As a kid, I vividly remember car rides with my older sister and brother – him presenting information he was processing from “self-help” books and …

Memorial Day 2017

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Memorial Day gives all Americans across the globe a day to honor the memory of our military veterans, both past and present. We all have heard the phrase “Freedom isn’t Free”. For our United States, the meaning of these three words has moved ordinary women and men to answer the call of service to protect our Nation’s values- Memorial Day …