Spelman College

I recently attended the funeral of a dear friend and sister, Dr. Karen King. Her death hit hard. She was almost exactly one year older than me. Confronting death among friends feels like a change of phase in life. She had been in Atlanta on Labor Day this past summer...

The Lynching Memorial

I recently visited the National Museum and Memorial for Peace and Justice – Bryan Stevenson’s masterpiece in Montgomery, Alabama. I went during Thanksgiving, in part, to spiritually and emotionally give thanks to those Black people in America who suffered unspeakable...

Atlanta Public Schools

This week the Board of Education of Atlanta Public Schools voted not to renew the contract of Dr. Meria Carstarphen, the system’s Superintendent. The reason they offered was her irreconcilable differences with members of its own body. While citing those differences...

What of Merit?

I recently gave an address at SXSWEDU. During the question and answer segment of my presentation I had a dialogue from the stage with a White man in the audience: Him: What do you think it would take for other underrepresented, or Black students to do what you’ve...

Police, Computing, and Nationalism

Today I was pulled over by the police on my way home. It was rush hour and the traffic was heavy, but it wasn’t dark yet. I was just crawling along when he flashed his lights behind me. I thought at first that he just wanted me to get out of his way. I pulled over,...