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October 2014:Experiences of Friends of ColorAn Ode to My Quaker Father
  Melissa Valentine
There is Hope
  Gabbreell James
On Being Good
  Sharon Goens-Bradley
A Journey Toward Eliminating Racism
  Vanessa Julye

Viewpoint and Forum October 2014

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An Ode to My Quaker Father: Growing Up Black and Quaker

Growing up black and Quaker.

Melissa Valentine is a writer and acquisitions editor living in Oakland, Calif. She received her MFA in nonfiction from Mills College. In 2013, Melissa was a finalist for Glimmer Train鈥檚 Family Matters writing contest. Her work has appeared in Sassafras Literary Magazine. She is currently at work completing her memoir, The Names of All the Flowers.


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Children from Across the Way

Poetry

Oskar Castro lives in Philadelphia, Pa.


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There Is Hope

The search for a welcoming meeting

The mother of two great kids, Gabbreell James is a lifelong Quaker from Woodbury, N.J., and a member of Green Street Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. She serves on Friends General Conference鈥檚 Central Committee and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting鈥檚 Nominating Committee.


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People's Hall next to Fallowfield Meeting was built in 1845 as a center of Quaker abolition activity for the East Fallowfield Anti-Slavery Society.

How the Inner Light Creates an Abolitionist

Answering the racial stereotypes. 馃敀 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please [鈥

tonya thames taylor is a convinced Quaker who attends Fallowfield Meeting in Ercildoun, Pa. (of East Fallowfield Township). She works for the abolition of human trafficking.


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Extending the Table

Seeking a multicultural and multiracial faith community. 馃敀 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read [鈥

Paul Ricketts is a member of Fort Wayne (Ind.) Meeting and currently serves on American Friends Service Committee鈥檚 Community, Equality, and Justice Board Committee and its Midwest Executive Committee. He also serves on Friends General Conference鈥檚 Committee for Nurturing Ministries.


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The Social Justice Testimony

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Dwight L. Wilson, father of four sons and member of Ann Arbor (Mich.) Meeting, worked as an educator at Oakwood Friends School, Moorestown Friends School, and Friends School in Detroit. He also served as Friends General Conference general secretary and writes historical novels, including Sarah鈥檚 Song and Out of the Shadow of Darkness.


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On Being Good

Opening up those parts of ourselves we keep in the shadows.

Sharon Goens-Bradley works for the American Friends Service Committee and is the Healing Justice Program director in the Twin Cities office in Minnesota. Sharon has a master鈥檚 degree in counseling psychology and has worked as a mediator, circle keeper, and restorative justice practitioner. She lives in Minneapolis with her wife and daughter.


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Depiction of Martin Luther King Jr. using the words from his "I Have a Dream" speech. Artwork by Erica McQuartin, coauthor of the Young Friends minute.

I Have a Dream

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People of Color Young Friends Minute

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