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“To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.” James Baldwin wrote those words decades ago. Quoting Baldwin in this space feels like deja vu, but that sentence bears repeating. Baldwin’s words are more poignant than ever and continue to…

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IPS Class of 2020, you do not need me to tell you that you are graduating into a scary and complicated time. Your parents, grandparents and mentors don’t need reminding of that either. 

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Howard Fuller has traveled the world advocating for Black people. From the communities inhabited by poor Black people in Durham, North Carolina, to the bush of Mozambique, and throughout his beloved city of Milwaukee. His steadfast determination and absolute refusal to accept the inequities …

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I often look to the wisdom of past and present revolutionary leaders to get motivated in my own work. As a child, I witnessed the moment Nelson Mandela walked out of prison for the first time in 27 years. I will never forget the smile on his face. How his left hand grasped his wife, Winnie’s…

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“Remember (fill in the blank)? She (or he)  just passed away from COVID-19.” This is a conversation that is becoming all too familiar. Each announcement is as surprising as the last. In the past few weeks, the conversation has played out for many of us far too often. It starts with a phone c…

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Recently an Indiana lawmaker posted a funny meme on Facebook. Well, at least he thought it was funny.

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Rigorous introspection is one of the most important processes in which people should engage regularly. Closely examining our emotions, our motivations, our values — and our imperfections — immeasurably benefits us.

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One year ago, you heard us pledge our commitment to this community. Central Indiana Community Foundation, The Indianapolis Foundation, Hamilton County Community Foundation and Women’s Fund of Central Indiana came together and pledged to mobilize people, ideas and investments to make this a c…

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In this week’s Bacon Bits we will continue the conversation of producers and consumers. The Black community has a very unique opportunity to rebuild and change the trajectory of our success in America. Our future success requires a mindset shift that challenges what we believe is even possible.

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Over the last couple of years, the word equity has become more and more prominent in discussions of how to address growing poverty and inequality along lines of race, class and gender. In light of the coronavirus, equity for those in impoverished communities, mainly those of color, is almost…