November 2017 | Vernā Myers

Vernā Myers


14 Nov 2017

Why I’m Sick of Trying to “Survive” the Holidays
The holiday season is officially kicking into high gear: Cue up the articles and shows about how to survive our family gatherings. After all, progressive Paul and conservative Carla who haven’t spoken since the presidential election last year will be there; Uncle Joe will surely have some racist and homophobic jokes to share; Lilly, fresh from her college feminism course, will be at the ...
08 Nov 2017

My Dad, the Wire Dog
My dad is 92 years old. He grew up in Farmville, Virginia, and served in two wars, in two different branches of the armed services: In the Air Force at the tail end of World War II and in the army during the Korean War. Dad has dementia now, and stays at a lovely senior home with a memory unit. I do a lot of traveling during the week, but I visit him almost every Sunday with my mom, his...
02 Nov 2017

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Book news! I’m thrilled to be included in the book The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys, by Eddie Moore, Jr., Ali Michael, and Marguerite W. Penick-Parks, just published by Corwin. What follows is an excerpt adapted from the chapter where I share my experiences as the mother of a black son—now an amazing black man—during his school years. Let Me Tell How School Started for M...
01 Nov 2017

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At the end of all my keynote speeches on inclusion, I leave my audiences with the three keys to making the world a better place: Consciousness, Courage and Compassion. So, when I saw the recent Burger King anti-bullying commercial I stood up and applauded!! I haven’t been in a Burger King in decades and I don’t even eat meat, but this commercial alone made me a fan of the franchise. T...