A brief history of Juneteenth

Although we are taught that the Emancipation Proclamation freed the confederate slaves, history books often fail to mention that it took two and a half years for all enslaved African Americans to receive their freedom. Juneteenth is a day that not only commemorates the last day of slavery but also the beginning of reconstruction in the United States.

Celebrating diversity: What Diwali means to me

As an American-born Indian raised in small west-Texas towns, my ethnic identity has always been a bit of a question mark to me. My parents valued the importance of integrating my sister and I into American culture, while continuing to honor precious Indian traditions. One tradition that I look forward to every year is Diwali, or the Festival of Lights.

The Best Blogs of Mouthing Off: The issues

Best-of-weekAs 2014 winds down, we are kicking off a new special feature all week long! We want to acknowledge all of the bloggers who have written for us over the past year. Mouthing Off posts at least three times a week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday. As of this week, we have published 161 posts in 2014! That is an impressive amount of effort and dedication from our bloggers, and the editors would not have been able to do it without them.

The Best of Mouthing Off will run all this week to highlight some of our most outstanding pieces of writing. Each and every blog was worth recognizing, but these are the top posts and you won’t want to miss them! Tune in all week to read the Best of Mouthing Off 2014. Read on for the Best of Mouthing Off: The issues…