There’s a profound history (and good reasons) behind the names we give our children

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Photo by Zach Vessels on Unsplash


I’ve learned to appreciate my parents’ intentional storytelling.

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Photo of my mother taken in her 20s (from author’s collection).


In the wake of the Capitol Riot and at the dawn of a new Presidency, the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. take on a new meaning.

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Photo by Jose Fontano on Unsplash


The hospitality and holiday traditions of the German people helped Lt. and Mrs. Alonzo Smith ease into their new life together, away from the grip of America’s racism.

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A classic German Christmas market, photo via pxhere.com


In 1954, a newly-married U.S. military officer and his wife were reunited overseas, and in many ways, their first December together set the tone for the rest of their marriage.

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Betty Smith on board the SS America, 1954 (photo from author’s collection)


75 years ago, Black veterans had risked their lives for America only to return home to the subordinate caste.

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WWII Surrender Ceremony aboard U.S.S. Missouri, September 2, 1945, National Archives photo via Wikimedia Commons


The stories of Black servicemen are often untold. Here’s one of them.

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Photos are from the author’s collection

Part One


Our nation’s classrooms have always been at the center of social and political battles but it’s time to change that.

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Photo by Nicola Tolin on Unsplash


Homogenous communities are often the result of racist beliefs and policies that never went away.

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Cape May, NJ, photo via Pixabay


America’s reckoning is needed more than an executive order.

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Photo by ev on Unsplash

Kelly Vanessa Porter

Writing A Book. Storyteller of Historical Narratives. Vegan. Trusting God Always. www.kellyvporter.com

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