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There’s power in the feminine, in being a woman. Despite being mansplained out of just about every significant phase of history and human development, women are movers and shakers, we’re moneymakers, baby makers, life givers and sustainers.

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For Valentine’s Day, my wife and I are going to bake a homemade pizza. And to be truthful, we do not know how this will work out. But the tradition of a low-key Valentine’s Day is alive and well in our home.

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It’s reasonable to ask why I’m qualified to write a column about Black History Month, being neither Black nor a historian. Tasked with writing one, I asked myself the same question. It occurred to me that just as all politics are local, all history is personal.

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My mom and dad would return from the voting polls, each laughing and claiming they’d canceled each other’s vote. She, an immigrant from Scotland and naturalized citizen, and he a Mid-Westerner with his boot planted deeply in the traditional values. Voting was equally important to each of them.