African Americans are Important to the Survival of National Parks

By Rosario B. Diaz

The beauty of Yosemite’s trails and wilderness is what first drew hiking enthusiast Teresa Baker into frequenting more national parks. Like the hundreds of other visitors to the parks, Baker’s attention was turned to the natural landscape, but when the young African American decided to engage in a little people-watching, she noticed something striking. “On one of my Yosemite visits in 2012,” she tells High Country News, “I started to take notice of how many African Americans I encountered. At the end of my second day in the park, I had not seen one other African American.” Continue reading African Americans are Important to the Survival of National Parks

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Reminds Us All That Service Is What Makes America Great

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a time to reflect on a visionary leader for social justice, the progress our country has made, and the work we still have to do. It is also a “day on” that inspires service across the nation, for as Dr. King said, “Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve.” This year, we have the unique opportunity to approach service with fresh eyes, and the ability to move toward making a Service Year — in which young adults ages 18 to 28 from all backgrounds, commit to a year of full-time service — a common expectation across our country. Continue reading Martin Luther King Jr. Day Reminds Us All That Service Is What Makes America Great

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A Letter from Curtis L. Coy, Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity for the Veterans Benefits Administration

Colleagues and Fellow Veterans,

I’ve sent this note out every year for the past 15+ years and do so again because it is timeless.  Perhaps it is my advanced years (sic) but every year I am struck by the fact that many folks may not appreciate the significance of this particular holiday – or perhaps are not old enough to have lived through these times.  Please take a minute to read this over and pass it on if you like.  I’m sending it out today as many folks may be taking tomorrow off. Continue reading A Letter from Curtis L. Coy, Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity for the Veterans Benefits Administration

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