On Running Alone in Good and Bad Times

I confess that I have never read “The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner” by the British writer Alan Stilltoe though I knew something about the story as a teenager who did a fair share of running, and not always on a cross-country course or gravel track. The story was published in 1959 and three years later became a notable film that brought a brilliant young British actor, Tom Courtenay, to acclaim. A few years later, I was running high school track and cross-country after a dismal freshman year trying to play football, the sport I always loved and had some talent for but lacked in size and courage what I needed to plow into guys who had 30 plus pounds on me and were more […]

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As COVID-19 Kills People and Incomes, Sanders Folds and Trump Moves On

Greensboro, NC – The pandemic continues to kill Americans at an alarming pace as the unemployment rate climbs quicker than it did during the Great Depression of the 1930s. As of Friday afternoon, the confirmed death toll from the virus was 36,118 while unemployment claims stood at 22 million. Some of us know people who have died or are ill from the virus, some on the brink of death as I write. And what of the millions of unemployed who are now staring destitution in the face? How could this have happened so quickly? How long will it be before we forget what it meant to think and act normally when we are now being told that there will not be a vaccine for at […]

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COVID-19 and the Pervasive Brutality of Institutionalized Racism

We are bracing ourselves for what could be the worst two weeks of suffering and death from COVID-19. As the infection rate climbs in parts of the country and the death toll mounts – the national numbers of confirmed cases and virus-related deaths according to the CDC as of Friday, April 10, stood at 459,165 and 16,570 respectively – news reports confirm daily that the disease is claiming African Americans in disproportionate numbers. Will this renew and strengthen a conviction among white people that BLACK LIVES MATTER MORE THAN EVER? We shall see. Meanwhile, as the national news frightens us about the awful toll COVID-19 is taking in cities like New York City, New Orleans and Chicago, it also feels scary here in Greensboro, North […]

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Greetings in the Midst of Unprecedented Crisis and Fear

I am grateful for the opportunity to introduce what I intend as a weekly column about happenings, events, groups, and individuals in Greensboro, North Carolina – and beyond. My base is THE PROJECT, located on Grove Street in the Glenwood neighborhood of Greensboro, North Carolina. Glenwood is the last working-class community in the city, an anachronism of sorts, filled with small homes owned or rented by an appealing mix of people. I invite the reader to examine the website from which this column appears. Greensboro, my home for the last 40 years, is a historic place in the struggle for racial equality and civil rights. But now this city of 287,000 citizens and residents must confront and survive an epidemiological nightmare that is driving the […]

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