"That interest, coupled with the fact that Lehigh has a well-renowned engineering program and that my mother Linda (Washington) Jafari '77 is an alumna, made Lehigh an easy decision for me," says Simmons. "I'd been visiting the campus since my junior year, knew some faculty and other leaders, and it already felt like home. I was accepted to a few colleges, but they were never really contenders. Lehigh had me at my first step on South Mountain."
The folks soliciting prayers for Baltimore’s “frustrated” juvenile rioters.
But I’m tempted to respond to their calls for prayer with a request for prayers for the officers being attacked just for showing up at work.
Then I think better of it, because mine isn’t a popular opinion and I’m not in the mood to defend my blackness to anyone, and because clearly I can't be pro-black and pro-law enforcement.
But I am. My husband is a 10-year veteran of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., and some of its Civil Disturbance Units were just deployed to Baltimore.
Rhee believes women can have it all. “You just can’t have it perfect,” she says, noting that women need to arrange their lives in such a way that makes room for both a family and career.
The lunch was organized by Safiya Jafari Simmons— a public relations heavyweight who formerly worked with Rhee– and is the first in what is shaping up to be an impressive series of women’s empowerment events.
I'm raising a black boy to be a black man. So the grand jury's decision seems to double down on a pattern in this country of killing black boys without care or consequences.
I can’t breathe.
I can’t cry.
And I can’t turn my mind off.
Now, let’s get something cleared up right now: where my piece for CNN exposed my inner conflict about the outcome of the Ferguson Grand Jury, there is no confusion in my heart or mind or conscience tonight.