#InContext: Pope Francis

#InContext: Pope Francis

By: CHRISTY SALZMAN “Human dignity is the same for all human beings: when I trample on the dignity of another, I am trampling on my own.” – Pope Francis Before Pope Francis became an internationally known advocate for social justice, he was Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Born...
#InContext: Yaa Gyasi

#InContext: Yaa Gyasi

By: MAURA REINBRECHT “[W]hen you study history, you must ask yourself, Whose story am I missing? Whose voice was suppressed so that this voice could come forth? Once you have figured that out, you must find that story too.” – Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing Yaa Gyasi, who was...
#InContext: Nelson Mandela

#InContext: Nelson Mandela

By: JOHANNA LEE “Pulling the branch of a tree” — this is the literal English translation of Nelson Mandela’s Xhosa birth name, Rolihlahla. While Mandela proclaimed he did not believe that names are destiny, Rolihlahla—colloquially translated to mean “troublemaker” —...
#InContext: Gary Haugen

#InContext: Gary Haugen

By: ALICEN RODOLPH Reflecting on history, what is most perplexing and indefensible are “the simple failures of compassion.” In these failures, we watch societies experience the destruction that occurs when oppression and injustice reign unchecked. Oppressor replaces...
#InContext: Frederick Douglass

#InContext: Frederick Douglass

By: MIRELLE RAZA On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer who knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes. Floyd’s death sparked outrage across the United States. Activists used their platforms to think critically about the American...