Celebrating black history

Spencer and Anna Hogue were an average American couple. They married young, had steady jobs and provided themselves the best life their talents could produce. Spencer and Anna established their lives in Alabama during the height of the Jim Crow Era. Being African American, they understood that providing a stable life for themselves would not come without its share of hardships. Spencer worked as a sharecropper in his hometown of Marion. Since his education was limited, he couldn’t obtain a high-paying job and had to use his skills the best way he knew how. Anna cleaned homes for white families … Continue reading Celebrating black history

An open letter to Mayor Williams

Honorable Mayor Williams, Recently, you released a statement expressing your support for the men and women who serve and protect the citizens of Norwood. As the leader of this city, your intentions were right to stand in solidarity with the police force, but your understanding of race relations in Norwood and the rest of the country is horribly wrong. Last year brought about intense and sometimes uncomfortable debate about race relations in America. The deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Gardner forced Americans to face the racial injustice that takes place in our country. Demonstrations surrounding these situations were not, … Continue reading An open letter to Mayor Williams

Waiting for a hero: where change begins

The end of the year is a hectic time for students, but it offers us an important opportunity for reflection. The end of 2014 hopefully gave the opportunity to achieve academic goals, solidify personal achievements and prepare ourselves for what 2015 has in store. As I begin the new year, I want to share with you what my goal for 2015 is: to not be a hero. The idea for my goal came to me this November when a group of 21 students including myself, led by sophomore Hannah Sheppard and senior Joseph McGrath, went to the 17th annual Ignatian … Continue reading Waiting for a hero: where change begins