Notes You May Have Missed Vol. 3

Published on the last Thursday of each month, Notes You May Have Missed features selected notes from the past and present.

These notes serve as an introduction for new readers of N.A.H. and as a recap for regular visitors.

We Make Black History Everyday. We Rise, We Survive, We Fly

“Black History Month may be coming to an end, but we make Black history everyday. We make ways where there are none, we’ve made waves where there were none.

We endure, we persevere, we rise, we survive, we fly in spite of living in a society that is constantly trying to erase us.


A Story In A Single Image: Challenging The Myth of Meritocracy

“As a child I would often hear narratives that said if “you just work hard enough, you can go anywhere, and do anything”. Those narratives persist today.

While it might sound inspirational on the surface, it implies that if you find yourself in a vulnerable position, you as an individual are entirely to blame for those circumstances.

It implies that if you are poor, that if you are homeless, it is because you are not working hard enough, or because you are not motivated enough.”


Brief Thoughts on Intergroup

“In this short Video Interview, I give a few thoughts on how my experiences with the Intergroup Dialogue Social Change Agents program at the University of Michigan has impacted my work for social justice.”


5 Pieces Of Advice I Took From A Meeting With A College President

“People with resources are looking for people they can trust, to help them to figure out how to use their resources in good and responsible ways.

If you can develop the ability to build the kinds of relationships with others where they believe in you, and come to trust you and the things you align yourself with, you will be very successful.”


Randomly Organized Thoughts From 35,000 Feet

“Each of us may be going to something, or leaving something behind, at different times, and for different reasons. Some may give us warm feelings, while others may cause us sorrow.”

Thank you for your readership and sharing.

Ubuntu,

From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW

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I’m a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities.

“Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian” is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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