Archives for February 2013

Celebrating Black History Month


Black History Month is a time to recognize and remember the importance of African American history in the fabric of the American story. Following are just a few links that allow us to learn, reflect, and celebrate black history, civil rights, human rights, and the significance of liberty for all people. 

About African American History Month

African American History Timeline in Brief

African American History Month Images

The March on Washington

The Civil Rights Movements

The Civil Rights Act

The Harlem Renaissance

Biographies of Famous African Americans

Black Women in Art & Literature

African American Entrepreneurial Spirit in History

The Meaning and Making of Emancipation eBook

The Abolitionists A PBS Documentary  

Legends of American Visionaries Exhibit: The Tuskegee Airmen 

Smithsonian’s Black History Month

“To be true to one’s own freedom is, in essence, to honor and respect the freedom of all others.”  –Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Marian Wright Edelman: Making a Big Difference!

“We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily difference we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.” –Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman is the founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), and has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. Under her leadership, CDF has become the nation’s strongest voice for children and families.

Though most noted for her roles as founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, she also served as a lawyer, educator, activist, reformer, children’s advocate, and administrator. Marian Wright Edelman was also the first African American woman admitted to the Mississippi state bar. Learn More.

As an advocate for justice and compassion, she speaks about being a black female lawyer in Mississippi in the height of the Civil Rights Movement and dedicating her life to improving the life of all American children. Watch Video.

Marian Edeleman also authored a number of books including, The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children and Yours, Faces of Hope: Children of a Changing World, I’m Your Child God: Prayers for Our Children, I Can Make a Difference: A Treasury to Inspire Our Children, Lanterns: A Memoir of Mentors, and more.

She didn’t believe in entitlement, but in working hard for what you get, serving others, and the importance of gratitude. She believed that neither power or money were enough to make positive change, but that we must be passionate about our individual and collective goals in life. And, she believed that all children should know that they are loved and they are not alone. 

Marian Wright Edelman’s life message is underscored by her words on the power of one: “You really can change the world if you care enough.” I believe her.

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Free Book Giveaway–The Moses Quilt by Kathi Macias


The Quilt Series by Kathi Macias

The Moses Quilt is the first book in a new series (The Quilt Series) by multi-award winning author, Kathi Macias. The author often takes on topics that profoundly affect people groups and cultures weaving them into her novels in interesting and thought-provoking ways. This book spotlights generational belief systems and issues surrounding inter-racial marriage. Future books include, “The Doctor’s Christmas Quilt,” and “The Singing Quilt”. All three books pay tribute to women of courage (and the power of one) in American history.

Many of her books highlight issues and struggles including human and sex trafficking, gender-inequality, freedom of religion, immigration, homelessness, and more. Readers can expect to discover little treasures from history interlaced with the author’s creative writing and realistic storytelling. While in some instances, you’ll meet with heartache, discouragement, disbelief, and disgust at the human condition, you’re sure to eventually meet with faith, courage, hope, and the potential strength that lies within the human spirit.

The Moses Quilt

The Moses Quilt mingles the story of the famed abolitionist and Underground Railroad heroine, Harriet Tubman, and questions about modern-day prejudice, along with the unfolding story of a contemporary romance and a quest for personal discovery.

Answers and resolve come through the voices of those who have gone before. Through generational storytelling, the main character in the book, Mazie, learns about the story of Harriet Tubman–her fears, her courage, her hard-fought triumphs and faith beyond her own ability–and in so doing, learns about herself. The storytelling comes in the unique form of a patchwork quilt.

As Mazie’s great-grandmother shares pieces of truth, symbolized in individual and unique blocks of the Moses quilt, more and more is revealed showing that the past can heal, challenge, guide, and bring freedom to the present (or future), if we allow it. Harriet Tubman believed that God would do what he said he would, and that because of her faith, anything was possible.

My Mimi

My maternal grandmother’s name was Mary, but we knew her as Mimi. She also, was a courageous woman of faith. Every time I saw the name “Mimi” in the pages of this book, it warmed me just a little. One of the many things she was admired for were her beautiful and perfectly hand-stitched quilts, each one a masterpiece. That, combined with my passion for the oppressed to be set free, and women to see their own destinies fulfilled, drew me even more to this new series that celebrates freedom.


You can enter to win a FREE copy of The Moses Quilt for yourself, or to give to a friend! Simply leave a comment below with your email address to be entered for a chance to win. (The winner will be notified via email by March 1st, 2013.)

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THE MOSES QUILT by Kathi Macias

Can the pieces of a former slave’s story change the pattern of the future?

The Moses Quilt has been referred to as a “history lesson of love.” While challenging our modern-day prejudices, The Moses Quilt links creatively to the historical account of former slave Harriet Tubman who was often referred to as the second Moses. 

This contemporary novel bridges racial and generational divides. With a realistic and compassionate look into a twenty-first-century dilemma, multiple award-winning author Kathi Macias introduces readers to a confused and apprehensive young woman, Mazie Hartford. Facing major decisions about the love of her life and her future, she must also wrestle with a nagging question about her family’s past. She finds the answer to her questions in a most unexpected way—her great-grandmother’s Moses quilt. As her great-grandmother begins to explain how each patch represents a story of courage and freedom, Mazie must decide if she has the courage and freedom to overcome her own personal fears and prejudices.

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” -Harriet Tubman


Human rights advocates and modern-day abolitionists fighting against Human Trafficking (aka modern-day slavery) will be encouraged by Harriet Tubman’s courage, faith, and strength in the face of slavery, and her tenacious battle for women’s rights.

About the Author

Kathi Macias, Author of "The Moses Quilt"

Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored nearly 40 books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences, and recently won the prestigious 2008 member of the year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) at the annual Golden Scrolls award banquet. Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband, Al. 

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10 Quotes About Love

Love can be intoxicating and illuminating. It can make us dizzy, drive us wild, crazy, or make us sane. Love helps us remember and helps us forget. At times it helps us to feel more, while at other times, it helps us to not hurt quite as much. It helps us to step outside of our small worlds, risk rejection or failure, be our better selves, and to dream bigger and better dreams.

Whether you’re a lover, friend, parent, teacher or an advocate, love never {ever} fails. Here are ten quotes about love:

“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”  –Henry Van Dyke

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” –Mother Teresa

“The love we give away is the only love we keep.” –Elbert Hubbard

“Where there is great love, there are always miracles.” –Willa Carter

“To love abundantly is to live abundantly, and to love forever to live forever.” –Henry Drummond

“Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get, only with what you are expecting to give– which is everything.” –Katherine Hepburn

“Love does not dominate, it cultivates.”  –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.”  –Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Who so loves believes the impossible.” –Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.” –Willliam W. Purkey

Love is a powerful potion that should be celebrated every day, not just on Valentine’s Day! Now go out and share some with someone you love.

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What Does Love Look Like?


“What does love look like? It has the hands to help others.
It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has the eyes to see misery
and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what
love looks like.” –Saint Augustine


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