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February 2015 Communicator of the Month: Althea Gibson, Tennis Trailblazer

“Shaking hands with the Queen of England was a long way from being forced to sit in the colored section of the bus going into downtown Wilmington, North Carolina.” 

— Althea Gibson
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November 2014 Communicator of the Month: Corset Crusher, Louisa May Alcott 

“But the spirit of Eve is strong in all her daughters.”
― Louisa May Alcott
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September 2014 Communicator of the Month — Latina Liberator, Julia de Burgos 

“Don’t let the hand you hold hold you down.”
― Julia de Burgos

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July 2014 Communicator of the Month: Emma Lazarus Muse of the Masses

“Until we are all free, we are none of us free.”
― Emma Lazarus
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In communication, we find that there is power in words over silence. This week we remember Maya Angelou, a powerful woman whose voice a became a force that echoes beyond her death.
After a young man, apparently embittered by female rejection, went on a shooting rampage last week near the University of California–Santa Barbara, the hashtag #YesAllWomen flooded the Twitterverse. The hashtag was borne from the notion that the kind of entitled attitude displayed by the shooter ...
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This week's Purple Round-up is out!
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This week, Washington politicos learned celebrity engagement with a policy cause may not always help. Will Ferrell encouraged his Facebook followers to sign up for health insurance via HealthCare.gov and in return received thousands of comments from angry followers.
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December 2014 Communicator of the Month: Louis Reyes Rivera, Janitor of Jazzoetry

“I’m one of those people who had to learn history, our history, the hard way on my own. And in the process, I devoted myself to confronting those missing pages from the textbooks about me, about us. Consequently, I’m the clean up man who knows where all the dirt is and pull[s] it out.”
― Louis Reyes Rivera
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October 2014 Communicator of the Month — Essex Hemphill, Equality-Seeking Scholar

“The sacred constructions of silence are futile exercises in denial. We will not go away with our issues of sexuality. We are coming home. It is not enough to tell us that one was a brilliant poet, scientist, educator or rebel. Whom did he love? It makes a difference.”
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August 2014  Communicator of the Month: James Welch Native Narrator

“I used to object to being called an Indian writer, and would always say I was a writer who happened to be an Indian, and who happened to write about Indians.”

― James Welch

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“We’re not Canadians, we’re Chicanos, but we have an air force, we fly adobe airplanes.” ― José Montoya
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Today on Insites, we remember social change activist and poet, Maya Angelou. 
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Did you catch last night's closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia? We think that the event organizers won themselves a gold medal for showing everyone how to fail up!
When the fifth ring did not open during the Sochi Winter Olympics opening ceremonies, the audience gasped. During the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, event organizers demonstrated how to fail up, gold medal-style. As a nod to their technical malfunction during the ...
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