january 24, 2019

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“One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.” ~ Jack Penn

 

Alice Allison Dunnigan

 

I made my way to Young Library on Tuesday and saw for the first time the beautiful sculpture of Alice Allison Dunnigan. Created by Amanda Matthews from here in Lexington, the statue was first displayed in the Newseum in Washington, D.C. before coming to UK. It will eventually land in Dunnigan’s hometown of Russellville, KY. In 1906, Dunnigan was born to a sharecropper in Logan County, Kentucky. There were few prospects for a woman of color in America during those times, but she managed to get herself an education, write columns in various area newspapers including Hopkinsville and Louisville, and she taught school. When that school closed, she headed to Washington, D.C. where she landed a job writing for the Associated Negro Press. One thing led to another until she became “the first African-American female correspondent for the White House and first African-American woman to be a member of the Senate and House of Representatives press galleries.” If you didn’t know who Alice Allison Dunnigan was before now, I hope you’ll take the time to read more about her here and here. And if you’re on UK’s campus anytime soon, by all means see her sculpture in W.T. Young Library’s lobby. The artist did a great job and Alice Allison Dunnigan is a star of American history. 

november 22, 2017

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“Your happiness isn’t dependent on where you live, how much you weigh, or what you do for work. The key to happiness is appreciating what you have at this moment.” ~ Jessica Blanchard

 

history halls (snapseed)

 

Young Library has a nice exhibit of photos lining the entrance walls. They depict student protests from 1960 to the present. I was struck by the majority of photos depicting protests just in the last 10-15 years. Struck by the variety of issues being addressed, but more impressed by the fact that so many students took enough interest in the respective issue to do something about it. Protesting, peacefully in particular, is a hallmark of democracy. Besides exercising our rights at the ballot box, it is one of the most significant ways people can make a substantial difference in government, locally and nationally. The student protester’s willingness to publicly support their views gives me hope that these same students will one day be in positions of power, and use those powers for the greater good. 

november 7, 2014

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“Understand that not everything is meant to be understood.
Live, let go, and don’t worry about what you can’t change.”
~ Unknown

 

down the sidewalk
down the sidewalk

 

It’s Friday. The clouds parted. The sun shined. The moon is nearly full. I got a lot of things done. I talked to some great folks along the way. You add up all the little things that go right, and they equal a great day.