Author Archives: mdbwell

About mdbwell

Pres., Project for the Beloved Community, Inc.; B.A.--Wesleyan University; M.Div.--Yale University; Ph.D.--Boston University; Summer Study--Harvard University; Social ethicist; Ordained minister; Advocate for the poor

DIVERSIFYING & INTEGRATING CURRICULA

Research informs us that the majority of social studies classes in upper primary, secondary, and postsecondary schools have as the central substantive core an emphasis on white society and culture.  This neglect and dismissal of the critical roles, perspectives, attitudes, and … Continue reading

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FUNDAMENTUM OF PUBLIC EDUCATION

In the early days of our democratic republic, there was no organized system of education.  Small schools did spring up in the 18th century, but they were primarily put together by parents in local communities with no unitary or coherent structure … Continue reading

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“WOKE”: TO BE OR NOT TO BE

When I first entered the teaching profession, I was relegated to instructing introductory courses in religious studies.  One of them was called, “Religion in America.”  During the 16-week semester course, I spent one week on African American religious expression.  Very few scholars in … Continue reading

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SAVING DEMOCRACY: OUR CONUNDRUM

It appears we are living in a society in which, if one has comparative wealth, one can wield power and influence that are immoral, unconscionable, and often unlawful.  It is not the case that logic and ethics win the day.  Often, it … Continue reading

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Christian Nationalism? Nope!

The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”  It is irrefutable that the founders of the new republic respected an individual’s freedom in terms … Continue reading

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A Tribute to Mother

During spring break from the university in March 1996, I got in my car and took the long journey from Cedar Falls, IA, to Stratford, CT, primarily to see my mother, Ruth Blackwell (née Coleman), who was suffering from a … Continue reading

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REFLECTING ON MLK JR.’S LEGACY: PASSING THE BATON

As I reflect upon the life and legacy of Dr. King on the occasion of his mutilation some fifty-four years ago, I realize my celebration is bittersweet.  The beloved community he had envisioned is far from fulfillment. Continue reading

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The Father of Black History

Carter Godwin Woodson (1875-1950), the son of enslaved parents, was unable to attend high school until he was a few months’ shy of his twentieth birthday in 1895.  He was forced to work hard labor for many years prior to enrolment at … Continue reading

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Prince of Peace & Father of Mindfulness

With the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Martin Luther King, Jr., had to determine what direction he was subsequently to pursue.  After all, the previous year, he was able to celebrate the enactment of the accommodations bill; the … Continue reading

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A WOMAN’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE

Whether or not we like the decision each woman makes is one thing; however, removing the right to make the choice is unconscionable.  Continue reading

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