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Under Our Skin: Towards a Racially Just and Caring Community

Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. –Maya Angelou This reflection is dedicated to actor and humanitarian, Kenajuan Bentley, whose loving-kindness, compassion, and encouragement first empowered and emboldened me to build trust-based relationships with African-American men and to actor and entertainer par excellence, Tramell Tillman, who accompanies and guides me on this journey. Recently, I made five commitments to foster interracial understanding, communication, and inclusion—towards a racially more just and caring community. (They are listed at the end of the essay.) Here’s a bit about my journey towards those commitments. “Blues for Mister Charlie” In July of
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More Sinned Against than Sinning

The Haunting Layers of Responsibility in Lynn Nottage’s Sweat Do you remember that last time you were so engrossed in an experience that you forgot everything else—what was happening outside the door of that experience? That’s what happened for me as an audience member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2015 world premiere production of Lynn Nottage’s Sweat. Part of the OSF’s ten-year American Revolutions cycle depicting defining moments in U.S. history, culture, and social life, Sweat captures the lives of factory workers in Reading, Pennsylvania, toggling between events in 2000 and 2008—a period during which two young men, Chris and
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