Pausing for Reflection and Action

The Toward Inclusive Excellence team extends our heartfelt sympathy to the victims’ families of the recent Buffalo, New York; Laguna Woods, California; and Uvalde, Texas mass shootings. These mass murders, in addition to 21 school shootings this year, mark a grim period in America’s history.

Our editor-in-chief Alexia Hudson-Ward is a three-time gun violence survivor. Her brother, a cousin, and a professional colleague have died as innocent victims of gun violence in the span of twenty years. She and millions of other Americans continue to lobby for a ban on assault weapons sales to civilians and a federal background check system for high-powered gun purchases in the United States. This week she is focusing her attention on gun control advocacy efforts.

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Header image is a detail of This is Harlem by Jacob Lawrence. Courtesy of Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. © 2021 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. For more information, click here.