Keeping It Moving...


I've been quiet on purpose for nearly a decade. Initially inspired by the Obamas' ascendancy to the White House, more recently I've been stunned into speechlessness by the carnival of gluttony, idiocy, and gut-bucket vileness that is the Trump/​Pence sewer.

I'm thrilled to report that the NEXT GENERATION of Young Brilliants has already taken over. A good thing, too, coz they got plenty shit to shovel.

The U.S. political scene has been breathtakingly ugly, racist, homophobic, misogynistic, xenophobic for decades. Nixon, Reagan, and Clinton are the three-legged stool that gave Trump/​Pence Sewer its leg up.

Despite white supremacist politicians--aka "the Republican Party" and its nut-wing cabal-- reaching back to drape their violent cowardice in white sheets again, awesome young activists everywhere are not backing down.

Theseyoung warriors inspire me daily and keep me hopeful as I watch them drilling deep, purposely and relentlessly.

I'm sharing some of--MY FAVORITE VOICES OF THE NEXT GENERATION--if you'll simply turn your gaze to the column on the right ==>>>

Companion Peace

Of the over 15 years on the When Race Becomes Real timeline, 2007 and 2008 hold indelible significance because they mark my presence as an active participant in the center of historic moments that will never be repeated or eclipsed.


Election Protection Volunteer Lawyer, Charlotte, NC

I wanted to be home when the Obamas took the White House, so my husband drove with me to Birmingham and I drove the rest of the way to Charlotte. And after we won, I was curious and apprehensive about how the Other Winners were handling it. (Yes, they, too, won that day even though they're having such a hard time accepting it.)

So, I took myself on a Post-Obama Victory Lap--alone, by car--from North Carolina through the heart of McCain-Palin Country: South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and finally to Texas. Whew.

Are you kidding? Of course, I wrote about it!


Bermuda Race Relations Initiative
Hamilton, Bermuda

As a consultant to the Government of Bermuda, I developed and facilitated a year-long, national race dialogue with the people of Bermuda.

During 2-day sessions each month, we sustained the conversation with a core group of participants. Guest lecturers from the US helped more closely examine how race influences media, business, education, and criminal justice. Dubbed "The Big Conversation," our activities generated intense interest, and often controversy, among islanders and the media.

This kind of sustained, focused race conversation--not occasioned by crisis or impending disaster--has never happened anywhere else in the world.

If you know differently, we'd like to hear about it.

In the meantime, for your listening and reading pleasure, a few links to take you back to...


Click here to hear WHEN RACE BECOMES REAL on NPR
Pulitzer Prize winners Les Payne, Leonard Pitts, and Natalie Angier along with Robert Jensen, Susan Straight, and Kimberly Stringer read from their essays on NPR's "The Tavis Smiley Show."

Browse a chapter: "Jasper, Texas Elegy"
Remember the gruesome truck lynching in Jasper, Texas? Welcome to my world.

And because I'm still an archivist at heart, herewith...

Ten years before former U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder or Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz mentioned race dialogue as something the nation sorely needed, we were already hard at work on it. Here's proof.


4-8 February
Race Dialogue Initiative
Hamilton, Bermuda

20-22 February
"Undoing Racism" Workshop
People's Institute for Survival and Beyond
Austin, TX

1 March
Honors Hours Lecture Series - 1:30PM
Northern Virginia Community College
138 Bisdorf Hall
Alexandria, VA

2 March
Workshop - 2:00-4:00PM
Prof. Joseph Windham et al., hosts
Northern Virginia Community College
Location to be announced
Alexandria, VA

18 March
Guest speaker: "Bloodwork: My Life Among White Folks"
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church - 12:30PM
14311 Wells Port Drive
Austin, Texas 78728
(512) 251-0698
Pastor, Dr. Jim Rigby

19 March
"Talking Race"
Public forum with University of Texas journalism Prof. Robert Jensen
St. James' Episcopal Church - 9:30AM
3701 East Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78721
512 926 6339
The Rev. Greg Rickel, D. Min, Rector

25 October
Moderator, UNT Fine Arts Series
Panel Discussion with Zoë Charlton, artist; Willie Hudspeth, Denton businessman; and Lee Martin, author
University of North Texas, Denton, TX


5 February
Busboys and Poets, Andy Shallal's coffeehouse, bookstore, performance space, and restaurant at 2021 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009, (202)387-7638, which he calls "a place for social and political activists to network."

University of Texas journalism professor Bob Jensen and I helped launch their experiment with a monthly race dialogue.

For more info, go to

16-18 April
University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication “Dream Course” on Race, Gender and the Media.

Sponsored and created in 2002 by Meta G. Carstarphen, Ph.D., Gaylord Family Endowed Professor and Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, this interdisciplinary class for Gaylord College engages students in probing discussions about contemporary media portrayals and culminates in a community reception and public lecture.

Following a brown bag luncheon with University of Oklahoma Black Law Students Association, I ended my visit with a public lecture and lively discussion entitled “Can You See Me Now?”


1 March
Lecture/​discussion, Simmons College, Boston, MA
"Power, Pride and Perseverance" series organized by the Office of the Dean for Student Life.

27-28 October
"2nd Annual Youth & Race Conference 2005: "Acting White,"

Hosts: Duke University, African and African American Studies Department and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Institute of African American Research

3 November
"10th Annual Derrick Bell Lecture," New York University Law School, 40 Washington Square South, NY, NY, Vanderbilt Hall, Greenberg Lounge, 6PM, "And We Are Still Not Saved: 21st Century Constitutional Conflicts" will be presented by Professor Derrick Bell.

8 November
Panel Discussion with Robert Jensen, author & University of Texas journalism professor; Lucile Ebisch Gibson, community activist & business owner; Ira Hadnot Alexander, journalist and publisher; and panel moderator, Jim Lundstrom, journalist.
Hosts: Appleton, WI Public Library and the Fox Cities Rotary Multicultural Center.


22 January
Lecture/​/​discussion, "Ethics, Diversity, and the Law," University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville, FL, organized by JaDawnya C. Butler and sponsored by the Thornal Campbell Moot Court.

6-7 February
Attending "Cross-Cultural Issues in Counseling Education, Georgia Southern University, Savannah, GA

9 February
Lecture/​discussion, Paul Baker Annual Writers Conference with Jimmy Santiago Baca, Shin Yu Pai, & Lawrence Welsh. Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (alma mater of Erykah Badu, Roy Hargrove, Nora Jones, et al.), Dallas, TX.

26 March
Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, VA, panel discussion w/​ Les Payne (Newsday) & Robert Jensen (University of Texas), organized and hosted by Enid Krieger and the African American Authors Book Club of Charlottesville.

*13 February – University of Texas, Dallas – Theresa Towner & Joycelyn Moody

20 February – Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA w/​ Lisa Dodson

*20 March – The Black Academy of Arts & Letters, Dallas, TX w/​ Ira Hadnot

*10 April – W. Dallas Community Center, Dallas, TX w/​ Kimberly Stringer, Kalamu ya Salaam, Ira Hadnot, & Lucile Gibson

15 April – “Howard Thurman Guest Lecturer,” Stetson University, Deland, FL

*15 May – KERA-FM – Reading and panel discussion before live audience w/​Toure & Robert Jensen

*18 June – Black Images Book Bazaar - Dallas, TX – Theresa Towner, Kiini Ibura Salaam & Ira Hadnot

30 June-4 July - Dublin, Ireland

5-13 July - International Conference on Narrative Therapy and Community Work, University of Liverpool, England

15-21 November – Dulwich Centre for Narrative Therapy, Adelaide, Australia



25 June 2002

Hosted by Prof. Mary Kay Blakely, University of Missouri School of Journalism, in conjunction with New School University at New School, NY, NY

Reading and panel discussion with Natalie Angier (New York Times), Patricia J. Williams (The Nation & Columbia Unviersity Law School), and Les Payne (Newsday); introduction by author and journalism professor Mary Kay Blakely (University of Missouri).

3 August – National Association of Black Journalists Convention, Milwaukee, WI w/​ Les Payne, Shawn Rhea, Lucile Ebisch Gibson, & Ira Hadnot

23 Sep – Cambridge Public Library w/​ Lisa Dodson, Odessa Dorian Cole & Noel Ignatiev

24 Sep – WUMB-FM, Commonwealth Agenda – with host BarbaraNeely

26 Sep – Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, w/​ Noel Ignatiev & Lisa Dodson

*10 October - The Writer's Garret, Dallas, TX w/​ Susan Straight & Ira J. Hadnot

11-13 October - SisterSpace & Books, Washington, DC, w/​ Robert Jensen, Julianne Malveaux, Leonard Pitts, and Tim Wise

15-17 October - University of Texas, Austin w/​ David Bradley & Robert Jensen

12-14 November – Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, VA

*14 Nov – Mesquite Arts Center, Mesquite, TX, w/​ David Bradley, Ira J. Hadnot, Theresa Towner, & Robert Jensen

16-18 Nov - Texas Book Festival, Austin w/​ David Bradley & Robert Jensen

22 Nov – CNN Center, Atlanta, GA w/​ Hanna Griffiths

23 Nov - National Council of Teachers of English Convention, Atlanta, GA

*5 December – Writer’s Garret, Dallas, TX - Ira Hadnot & Theresa Towner

*Monthly discussions Singley conceived to create sustained race dialogue throughout city and to build audiences for the upcoming anthologies in the “Beyond Black & White” series.

We repeat...More Singley in Print...

"Murder and the Reasonable Man"
Book review of MURDER AND THE REASONABLE MAN: PASSION AND FEAR IN THE CRIMINAL COURTROOM, by Cynthia Lee, published in the "Women’s Review of Books," Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, January 2004.

"The Old Wink and Nod"
Book review of UNDERGROUND CODES: RACE, CRIME, AND RELATED FIRES," by Katheryn Russell-Brown (New York University Press 2004), published in the "Women’s Review of Books," Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, June 2004.

"Bearing Witness"
“Bearing Witness,” KENTECLOTH: SOUTHWEST VOICES OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA, Jas. Mardis, ed. (Denton: University of North Texas Press 1997).

South African Safari
A decade of marriage merited a memorable celebration. Mission accomplished.

"White Friends"

"The New South Africa: Warm and Welcoming"
A slightly different version was originally published as “The New South Africa—Warm and Welcoming,” Heart & Soul Magazine (May 1999, p. 85).

"Take Me to the Water"
Short story in TEXAS SHORT STORIES 2, Billy Bob Hill & Laurie Champion, eds. (Browder Springs 2000)

Short story in "TEX! A Magazine of Texas Fiction, Poetry and Art."

"The Tutu"
Excerpt from a work-in-progress.