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Melvin Bray
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We finished the native plant installation at Hammonds House Museum!
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Check out Kid Cultivators garden prep day at the Hammonds House Museum. No grass is growing under our feet!
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Obviously, Zimmerman, his attorneys and the jury live in a world where randomly labeling a stranger a criminal, branding him a threat to your personal safety, hunting him down after expressing contempt for “assholes” who “always get away” and then using deadly force to make sure it didn’t happen this time isn’t evidence of ill will.

http://melvinbray.com/2013/07/14/of-course-there-was-reasonable-doubt/
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IT'S HERE!!! The Stories in Which We Find Ourselves, Vol. 2! Beautiful, just, virtuous re-imaginings of Bible classics. Probably not what you remember from Sabbath or Sunday school!

Get your copy today! http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/melvinbray
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growing kids through artistic activism!  a video recap of our world food day commemoration.
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if you haven't heard, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison has been banned from a school system's library in north carolina. they didn't just take it off of the summer reading list. with only a modicum of debate and based on only one complaint, they took it out school libraries all together.

as a literature teacher, i grant you that Invisible Man is not an easy read and not one i would attempt to explore with students prior to the 11th or 12th grade. novels like this, that speak of a lived reality that is so far outside of most white americans and many contemporary black americans' personal understanding of the world, require a certain amount, depth or breadth of experience (through which to begin to wrestle with the novel's ideas) that many adults and adolescents just don't have. understanding Invisible Man requires a self-awareness and critique of privilege that only comes with walking a mile in another person's shoes (empathy). it is through stories like Invisible Man while still in school—where time is taken for critical analysis and opportunity is given for conversation with others whose experiences are different from our own—that many begin the walk toward empathy. so to ban american social critiques like Invisible Man is in many cases to condemn american students to a life of myopia in which concern with self and people like themselves so dominates their field of vision that nary any other possibilities can be seen except as objects of fear, pity or occasional charity.

join the petition to return invisible man to high school book shelves in Randolph County.
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"It is painful to say this: Trayvon Martin is not a miscarriage of American justice, but American justice itself. This is not our system malfunctioning. It is our system working as intended. To expect our juries, our schools, our police to single-handedly correct for this, is to look at the final play in the final minute of the final quarter and wonder why we couldn't come back from twenty-four down."

don't get it twisted. there is enough in the case as presented for me that gives me no doubt at all that zimmerman is guilty. his story just doesn't add up. his actions, his lies and the fact that someone is dead are "stable and unvacillating" facts that for me overcome his presumption of innocence (http://melvinbray.com/2013/07/14/of-course-there-was-reasonable-doubt/)--although i agree the prosecution put forth a weak case. i post coates' piece because regardless of whether we agree about the validity of the verdict, his greater analysis is SPOT ON!
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Get it for the young'ns in your life!

The Stories in Which We Find Ourselves, Vol. 2
Beautiful, just, virtuous re-imaginings of Bible classics.
Probably not what you remember from Sabbath/Sunday school!

On sale at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/melvinbray
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this poem reminds me of those who gather at the wild goose festival. if you haven't yet, get your tickets and meet me there!
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Storyteller, Writer, Educator and Social Entrepreneur
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  • Kid Cultivators
    Director, present
  • The Kindezi School
    Teacher, 2012 - 2013
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dreaming my way forward...
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I am a devoted husband, committed father, learner, teacher, writer, storyteller, lover of people, connoisseur of creativity, purveyor of sustainability and believer in possibilities.
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Atlanta, GA - Pottstown, PA - Huntsville, AL - Washington, DC
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