Lauren Keene

My Freedom Summer nightmare

In the style of a jazz musician’s solo that repeats a phrase over and over in a slightly different key until it builds to a climax, Martin Luther King, in his last sermon in Memphis, repeated the phrase “If I had sneezed …” until he built to a climax. A deranged woman had plunged a knife […]

July 20, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

The bright and dark sides of Camelot

The 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination has spawned a flood of material — books, documentaries, articles and memorabilia related to Kennedy’s presidency as well as to his untimely death. They seem to fall into two categories — looping replays of the assassination and its immediate aftermath, including the assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald, the […]

November 22, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Juneteenth: Remembering the promise of citizenship

Join in What: Juneteenth will be celebrated with food, entertainment and educational exhibits to remember when Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas on June 19, 1865 When: 1-5 p.m. Saturday Where: Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St., Davis By Desmond Jolly History is a battlefield and memory is, as academics say, contested […]

June 16, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

‘Lincoln’ illuminates our history even as it obscures it

By Desmond Jolly Americans are a forward-looking people. Having chosen or been forcibly dislodged from their moorings, they can seem to float like flotsam on the sea of history, trusting optimistically that the direction of movement is forward. The risk, however, is that with such little knowledge of starting points, we find ourselves moving in […]

February 17, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Cooperative principles run deep at Davis institution

By Desmond Jolly and Luis Sierra The United Nations has declared 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives, highlighting the massive contributions of cooperatives to global socio-economic development. In its declaration, the Assembly noted that cooperatives generate employment, promote social integration and lift people out of poverty. Locally, the Davis Food Cooperative is celebrating its […]

May 06, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

A tale of old-fashioned heroes

The Veterans of Foreign Wars devoted its January 2003 issue of the magazine to the question “Heroism: Are war heroes out of style?” The commander-in-chief, Raymond S. Sisk, in his editorial, commented that “If ever a word was abused, it is hero. The news media’s inappropriate application of the term has left Americans dulled. Many […]

February 28, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Super Bowl resonates with blacks

The Super Bowl is undoubtedly the one event each year that unites the largest group of Americans in a common endeavor — watching the spectacle of the two best teams in the NFL battle each other for supremacy, at least for that year. For one breathtaking afternoon, Republicans, Democrats and independents; Protestants, Catholics, Jews and Muslims; […]

February 05, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Borders and the ‘trick-or-treat’ economy

The space formerly occupied by Borders Books & Music in Davis Commons has been temporarily taken over by a “pop-up” store —Spirit Halloween, an evolution that seemed entirely appropriate to us. Our economy now seems driven by irrational forces. Alan Greenspan, at the height of our Age of Excess, talked about “irrational exuberance,” and Joan […]

October 30, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

The paper grocery bag: endangered!

Earth Day developed as a temporal marker for taking stock of the condition of our natural resources and the impacts of our personal and collective behavior on the sustainability of our life support systems. Recently, there has been a sharp increase in concern about our use of plastic and paper bags used to transport our […]

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The ‘Soul of America’ is alive and well

Editor’s note: This the last of four book reviews to be published in honor of Black History Month. Listening to a recent discussion about a topic of current controversy, it became clear that America is an ongoing, unfolding, unfinished project: a project grounded in notions of freedom, equality and the practice of democracy. And thus, […]

President Lincoln: The Duty of a Statesman

Editor’s note: This is the third of four book reviews to be published in honor of Black History Month. Abraham Lincoln had not yet arrived in Washington to take up his position as president of the United States after his election on Nov. 6, 1860, when, on Dec. 24, 1860, South Carolina declared its secession […]

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As ‘March Madness’ nears, remember the pioneers

Now that the Super Bowl, the greatest ritual spectacle in the U.S.’s annual calendar of rituals, is over for this year, attention now turns to “March Madness” which culminates the collegiate NCAA Division 1 season and decides the best team in the nation. Even President Obama showed off his basketball “creds” last year by filling […]

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Co-ops are key to a thriving economy

Special to The Enterprise A few central themes dominate the master narrative about the making of the United States Ñ the immigrant, the rugged individual battling nature and hostile forces, and the benefits of competition. The value of cooperation is typically a subtext or a sidebar in this narrative. But, on closer inspection, cooperation emerges […]

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