Booker T. Washington Lecture 1906Booker T. Washington Lecture 1906Posted February 10, 2017, by Mary Grabar: Read Booker T. Washington's autobiography, Up from Slavery, alongside Benjamin Franklin's autobiography. Both are written by important Americans and exemplify the can-do spirit, with entertaining and helpful lessons along the way. Booker T. Washington was born into slavery in 1856 and went on to found Tuskegee Institute and become an advisor to presidents and an internationally known advocate for black progress. Observing how slavery had instilled economic, spiritual, and intellectual dependence, he put his efforts into making freed slaves a viable part of the American economic system.

Read more: Black History Month: Booker T. Washington

Thomas SowellThomas SowellPosted by Mary Grabar, February 1, 2017: Greetings! February is Black History Month and I am coming across some very interesting information as I write my book about George Schuyler. I hope to provide some useful information and recommended reading throughout the month. Today, I offer you a paragraph from one of Thomas Sowell's earlier books, Ethnic America: A History (1981), a very lucid and even-handed comparison of the various ethnic groups from all over the world in America.

Read more: Black History Month: Thomas Sowell on Slavery

By Ted Eytan from Washington, DC, USA (2017.01.21 Women's March Washington, DC USA 00095) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsBy Ted Eytan from Washington, DC, USA (2017.01.21 Women's March Washington, DC USA 00095) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsPosted on January 23, 2017, by Mary Grabar: As sure as the sun rises, leftists will march when a Republican takes office or runs for office. Since the 1960s this seems to have become their preferred way of communicating. Witness, the Women's March on Washington the day after Donald Trump's inauguration. With the ostensible claim that they were marching against his sexist crudities from an old tape, they emerged with crudities, including pictures and costumes, that might have made the guys in the locker room blush. A good photo montage capturing the profanity-filled signs is over at the Washington Examiner. Protest is now also the favored "discourse" on campuses. Without apology or shame, professors on campuses recruited students to travel to Washington, D.C., to march. It is interesting to note that both newsletters about higher education presented such activities as legitimate educational activities.

Read more: The Women's March on Trump

Re-evaluate your masculinityRe-evaluate your masculinityPosted January 6, 2017, by Mary Grabar: Happy New Year! After a hiatus for the Winter Holidays and Solstice the Chronicle of Higher Education is back in circulation, pumping out must-read news about the advances in the academy, as professors and administrators lead in the forward march into a bright future of peace, love, and justice, once every white male is emasculated through re-education, er, "critically self-reflecting and dialoguing" on "masculinity" through courses like one being offered at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Read more: Contraries for the New Year, Jan. 6, 2017

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