We Must Finish Fulfilling Dr. KIng’s Dream

Fifty years after Dr. King spoke of his dream.  We haven't been able to fulfill everything but we have President Barak Obama. The first man of color to lead the Western Word.

Fifty years after Dr. King spoke of his dream. We haven’t been able to fulfill everything but we have President Barak Obama. The first man of color to lead the Western Word.

We need to keep working for the dream. Dr. King was a great man in my eyes and I am a white woman. Color is nothing, ethics and morals  are the ideals worth discussing.

We need to keep working for the dream. Dr. King was a great man in my eyes and I am a white woman. Color is nothing, ethics and morals are the ideals worth discussing. Don’t let color continue to tear us apart. 


Maya Angelou and President Obama wanting peace

Maya Angelou and President Obama wanting peace


” Love is non-violent” —–Travis Smiley; PBS

The Republican ‘War On Women’ – The Yeah….He Really Did Say That Edition – ‘Fox News expert: ‘Women have the breasts’ so health care should cost more than men’

Don’t let sexist men and women run your life or make your choices.

The Last Of The Millenniums

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This is what passes as an ‘expert’ on FOX and remember this is watched and worshiped by millions of Republican Conservatives.

‘A Fox News medical expert on Tuesday argued that President Barack Obama’s administration was wrong to force gender equality for health insurance rates because men “only have the prostate,” while women “have the breasts, they have the ovaries.”

“Look, it’s not bias, I’m not saying this as a man,” Fox News Medical A-Team contributor Dr. David Samadi told the hosts of Fox & Friends. “They go through a lot of preventive screenings, they give birth, they have the whole mammogram, the Pap smear. Guys, we don’t like to go to doctors, right? Seventy percent of health care decisions are made by women. In my own practice, I see it’s the women who bring the guys, who say, go get screened.”

“Yeah, but shouldn’t that earn us a discount?”…

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The Big Heart

War destroys the childhoods of children.

War destroys the childhoods of children.

” Big heart,
wide as a watermelon,
but wise as birth,
there is so much abundance
in the people I have
Max, Lois, Joe, Louise,
Joan, Marie, Dawn, Arlene,
Father Dunne,
and all in their short lives
give to me repeatedly,
in the way the sea
places its many fingers on the shore,
again and again
and they know me,
they help me unravel,
they listen  with ears made of conch shells,
they speak back with the wind of the best region.
They are my staff.
They comfort me.

They hear how
the artery of my soul has been severed
and soul is spurting out upon them,
bleeding on them,
messing up their clothes,
dirtying their shoes
And God is filling me.
though there are times of doubt
as hollow as the Grand Canyon,
still God filling me
He is giving me the thoughts of dogs,
the spider in its intricate web,
the sun
in all its amazement,
and a slain ram
that is the glory,
the mystery of great cost,
and my heart,
which is very big,
I promise it is very large,
a monster of sorts,
takes it all in—–
as in comes he fury of love.”
——–Anne Sexton, feminist writer and poet

Bass Museum sculpture Photo and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio; 2013

Bass Museum sculpture; South Beach, Florida
Photograph taken and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio; 2013

TODAY……The March Turns 50

Watch the fifty year anniversary of Dr.King famous speech.



Welp, TODAY marks 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr.’s life changing speech on Washington and I wish that I COULD INDEED BE THERE! This weekend was the pre – celebration and boy did I cry and was incredibly blessed with all the wonderful festivities in Washington, D.C. I am grateful that my father introduced political history to me as young as 8 years old – it has changed my life.

Still, the country remains deeply divided over how much progress there has been toward racial equality in the half-century since the march. According to a recent Pew Research Center poll, fewer than half of Americans believe “substantial” progress has been made toward King’s dream over the last 50 years. Among blacks, fewer than one-in-three say the same.

Please click the link below for a few amazing facts……


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Morning Melody

Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Hugs, Barbara



Morning Melody 

sing a song, resound

illuminating chants that

glide upon Ray’s hum

then, serenade a lavish

lullaby; a riptide tune


of clouds and Sun filled

in duet – resonate a

shine upon waking eyes;

a nightingale taps its talon

to the juxtapose descant

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*Confronting UNconscious Bias*

Berna you have done a great job with this blog. Hugs, Barbara

Berna's Vibe~The Way I See IT....

Recently I read an article that was SO deep I feel compelled to share it..I’m of the belief that for every given situation; there IS a solution. Or in this case at least a way of dealing with the fall out..I’ve not yet learned how to link articles here to my WordPress blog..Therefore, I’ll do my best to take excerpts from the Essence article. Under the title @ ‘ Confronting Unconscious Bias’ written by Dr. David R. Williams (Harvard Sociologist & Professor of African and African-American studies and sociology)

>Here is how one can protect themselves from the effects of discrimination<

1. Take care of YOUR health. By managing what you eat and engaging in exercise and meditation, you minimize exposure to biases in health care. Learn as much as possible about health conditions you may have and question providers about treatment options. It’s also critical that you…

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Why it’s called the ‘Stupid Party’ – ‘Updated: Congressman says he understands DREAMers’ plight because he’s from Arkansas’

This is like trying to compare the heat of a match to a burning building.

The Last Of The Millenniums

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‘California Republican Rep. Gary Miller has earned a reputation as an immigration hardliner, but when confronted by a group of young immigrants Friday at a public event in Rancho Cucamonga (which had a $12 entry fee), Miller told them he understands their plight because he, too, is an immigrant, of sorts, moving with his family from Arkansas to California as a young child’.

“You know, I’ve talked to a lot of young people like [you],” Miller told the young activists, captured in footage taken by a Democratic tracker. “I mean, I understand the difficulty. Just like I was born in Arkansas. I came here when I was a year old.”
From : http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/08/27/congressman-says-he-understands-dreamers-plight-because-hes-from-arkansas/

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5 Things You Need To Know About The March On Washington

This is a historic day. RIP Dr. Martin. You are not forgotten. In preface, Barbara

The Fifth Column

The National Memo

Birmingham 1963

President Kennedy Initially Resisted The Idea

Unions And A Gay Man Played Key Roles


John Lewis, The Youngest Speaker At The Event, Was Forced To Revise His Speech

(See video at the above link.)

Women Were Barely Represented


Martin Luther King Improvised The “I Have A Dream” Speech

When you watch Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech from the March on Washington, it’s almost shocking how slowly he begins, plodding along as the crowd cheers him, trying to summon prophecy.

Then several minutes in, gospel legend Mahalia Jackson plays a crucial role in inspiring the man behind the podium that only one woman had been allowed to speak from.

“He was just reading, and she just shouted to him, ‘Tell them about the dream, Martin. Tell them about the dream,’”said Clarence Jones, an advisor to King who had helped write King’s speech. “I was standing about…

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