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This is My Story. This is My Fight.

My first semester term of school towards my MSW (Master of Social Work) is complete. For my class on Diversity, Marginalization and Oppression (great class!) we had to do something for a 'participation' mark. I challenged myself to do a spoken word piece, something I've never done before. I performed it last night and it went. I wanted to share the text of it here.

This is my story. This is my fight.  by: Ken Dryfhout

14 years old.

Picked up by another John.

What I Learned in Nunavut

I just had the tremendous privilege and opportunity to send a few days in Iqaluit, Nunavut during the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. I received an invite from a friend to join him to contribute and speak at a conference named "Next Generation". We didn't really know what to anticipate until the event actually began.

Offend and Be Offended

I’m  a pretty normal person in this regard; I like it when people like me, I don’t like it when people don’t like me.

This pretty normal fact about me however runs directly counter to a commitment that I have made to attempt to tell the truth as I see it. This commitment is particular to those general societal or cultural trends that run directly counter to principles of love, mercy and justice.

Freedom Riders: True Rebels

"In 1961, the Freedom Riders, a dedicated group of men and women, black and white, young and old (many from university and college campuses) across the country boarded buses, trains and planes bound for the deep South to challenge that region‘s outdated Jim Crow laws and the non-compliance with a US Supreme Court decision already three years old that prohibited segregation in all interstate public transportation facilities."  from http://www.freedomridersf

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