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Tears We Cannot StopTears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America

By Michael Eric Dyson


Short, emotional, literary, powerful—Tears We Cannot Stop is the book that all Americans who care about the current and long-burning crisis in race relations will want to read.

As the country grapples with racist division at a level not seen since the 1960s, one man's voice soars above the rest with conviction and compassion. In his 2016 New York Times op-ed piece "Death in Black and White," Michael Eric Dyson moved a nation. Now he continues to speak out in Tears We Cannot Stop—a provocative and deeply personal call for change. Dyson argues that if we are to make real racial progress we must face difficult truths, including being honest about how black grievance has been ignored, dismissed, or discounted.

"The time is at hand for reckoning with the past, recognizing the truth of the present, and moving together to redeem the nation for our future. If we don't act now, if you don't address race immediately, there very well may be no future."

Dyson, M.E. (2017). Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America. New York City, NY: St. Martin's Press.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2017 Campaign Overview

National Museum of African American History

As we look ahead to the start of a new year, we can set our sights on the 2017 Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign! This coming April’s campaign is shaping up to be one of the biggest in scope, as the outreach materials call on new voices to join the movement. The materials listed below and much more will be available on the SAAM website beginning mid-January.

The Theme: Engaging New Voices

We can all use our voices to change the culture to prevent sexual violence. Prevention requires addressing the root causes and social norms that allow sexual violence to exist. This April we're calling on groups whose influence can play a critical role in changing those causes and norms.

We’re strongest when we raise our voices together, and that’s why we’re engaging new groups in the movement. These groups can help the next generation foster attitudes that promote healthy relationships, equality, and respect. These new voices will have a ripple effect on those that they teach, guide, and influence.

This April, we’re calling on the following groups to get engaged in changing the culture:

• Members of Greek Life
• Coaches
• Parents
• Faith Leaders

National Sexual Violence Resource Center. (Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2017 Campaign Overview). Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Retrieved from http://www.nsvrc.org/blogs/saam/sexual-assault-awareness-month-2017-campaign-overview

Duke Spotlight

Henry WashingtonA Talk with Henry Washington Jr.

Interviewed by Bob Crouch

During March I sat down for an interview with Henry Washington Jr., for a special edition of the Office for Institutional Equity’s (OIE) online newsletter, “Diversity Newslinks.” Henry hails from a small town outside of Birmingham, Alabama. We were interested in how his experiences and exposures set him on his current trajectory.

Henry is currently a graduating senior with a double major in English and African American Studies; he is a past president and vice president of Duke’s Black Student Alliance (BSA). He is also the recent 2017 recipient of the Samuel Dubois Cook Award among many other awards and accomplishments during his time at Duke.

During this interview, I had the pleasure of learning a great deal about his exposures, what attracted him to Duke, his academic, social and civic passions, as well as his plans for the future.

Want to see more? Check out the full length version here.


Women's Center at Duke University

Sexual Assault and Rape

Sexual assault is any physical act of a sexual nature performed without consent or when the person is unable to give consent. If you have been assaulted, or know someone who has, please contact us immediately at 919-684-3897 during normal business hours, or page 919-970-2108 after hours and on weekends.

Who to Call for Help at Duke:

Contact the Women’s Center to talk confidentially with someone who can help you make the decisions that feel right for you. Don’t be afraid to ask to speak to someone now about an assault. No matter when you have been sexually assaulted, you can benefit from talking with someone.

  • Monday–Friday, 9am-5pm: Call 919-684-3897, email WCHelp@duke.edu, or walk in – no appointment necessary.
  • After-hours, weekends, holidays: Page 919-970-2108 or email WCHelp@duke.edu
  • If this is an emergency situation and you feel you are in danger, call 911 or Duke police at 919-684-2444.


Duke University Women’s Center: Student Affairs. Durham, NC. Retrieved from https://studentaffairs.duke.edu/wc


Black Girl Magic History: 8 Facts You Should Know About the Real 'Hidden Figures'


In keeping the legacy of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson alive, we rounded up some things that you need to know about the trailblazers and the work that quite literally catapulted humans into space.

1. Katherine Johnson Graduated From High School At Age 14

Ninety eight years young today, Johnson (below) showed exceptional brilliance at a young age. She completed eighth grade by age 10, graduated from West Virginia State High School by 14, and at 18, she earned bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and French while graduating summa cum laude.

2. Executive Orders Launched Dorothy Vaughan’s Career

At the height of World War II, President Roosevelt signed executive orders prohibiting racial discrimination in the National Defense Industry. Vaughan was among the first group of African-Americans to be hired as mathematicians and scientists, though Jim Crow laws still forced “colored” employees to work separate from their White counterparts.

3. Mary Jackson Was A Girl Scout Leader For Over 20 Years

While juggling her engineering career, Jackson (below) stayed heavily involved in the community. She spent decades as a Girl Scout troop leader and is famed for helping youth at a Hampton, Virginia community center build their own wind tunnel.

Find out more here!


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Mesidor, S. (2017). Black Girl Magic History: 8 Facts You Should Know About The Real 'Hidden Figures. Essence.com, Retrieved from http://www.essence.com/entertainment/hidden-figures-facts


Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage MonthAbout Asian/Pacific Heritage Month

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

Like most commemorative months, Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month originated with Congress. In 1977 Reps. Frank Horton of New York introduced House Joint Resolution 540 to proclaim the first ten days in May as Pacific/Asian American Heritage Week. In the same year, Senator Daniel Inouye introduced a similar resolution, Senate Joint Resolution 72. Neither of these resolutions passed, so in June 1978, Rep. Horton introduced House Joint Resolution 1007. This resolution proposed that the President should “proclaim a week, which is to include the seventh and tenth of the month, during the first ten days in May of 1979 as ‘Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.’” This joint resolution was passed by the House and then the Senate and was signed by President Jimmy Carter on October 5, 1978 to become Public Law 95-419. This law amended the original language of the bill and directed the President to issue a proclamation for the “7 day period beginning on May 4, 1979 as ‘Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.’” During the next decade, presidents passed annual proclamations for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week until 1990 when Congress passed Public Law 101-283 which expanded the observance to a month for 1990. Then in 1992, Congress passed Public Law 102-450 which annually designated May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.

The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

This site presents only a sample of the digital and physical holdings related to Asian/Pacific heritage available from the Library of Congress and other participating agencies.

Rebecca Anderson

Detail of “Manzanar, Calif., April 1942. Mealtime at the Japanese war relocation center.”


The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. (2017 Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month). Retrieved from http://asianpacificheritage.gov/


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