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Artspeak: Aging Gracefully
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Artspeak: Aging Gracefully

irma photocollage 2I am blessed with my mother’s skin.

People often stop me to compliment me on how soft and smooth my skin looks. When asked how I keep it that way, I can only smile and say “good genes.”

JustSpeak: Unlearning racism requires taking positive (affirmative) action
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JustSpeak: Unlearning racism requires taking positive (affirmative) action

[caption id="attachment_16226" align="alignleft"]irma mcclaurin-img 0521-3Irma McClaurin[/caption][caption id="attachment_16227" align="alignleft"]kesho scottKesho Scott[/caption]The recent racist incident at Washburn High School of Minneapolis, in which a black doll was hung (lynched), is disturbing. We are living in the 21st century. And yet, not too long ago in 2003 Duluth, MN built a memorial to commemorate the unlawful and unjustified lynching of three young Black men in 1920. Despite this example of racial reconciliation, in 2008 an effigy of Presidential candidate Barrack Obama was found hanging from the Duluth memorial.

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Irma McClaurin keynotes Black Nurses Association gala

Dr. Irma McClaurin, former President of Shaw University, former University of Minnesota Associate VP and Founding Executive Director of UROC, and Ford Foundation Program Officer, 6pm Saturday, March 9, 2013 delivers the keynote address for the Minnesota Chapter of National Black Nurses Association, (MNBNA) fundraising gala.

Walk Right In DVD reflects summer of 1968
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Walk Right In DVD reflects summer of 1968

[caption id="attachment_16222" align="alignleft"]irma mcclaurin high school grad photoIrma McClaurin ’69, Lucy Flower Vocational High School, West Side of Chicago (Photo credit: mcclaurin solutions)[/caption]In the summer of 1968, 140 students from inner city and rural America gathered at the Yale University Divinity School to participate in an educational experiment. White, Black, Puerto Rican, Indian American, and Asian American students, labeled by New Haven newspapers as “underachievers,” were introduced to a “Great American Books” curriculum that included The American Constitution, Native Son, Antigone, and The Communist Manifesto. No one told them they weren’t supposed to excel, and so they did.

Justspeak: Eliminating the Rolodex of inequality
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Justspeak: Eliminating the Rolodex of inequality

[caption id="attachment_16006" align="alignleft"]irma-mcclaurinDr. Irma McClaurin[/caption]At a recent networking event for women in Raleigh, I listened as a panel of experienced women executives shared their experiences with the audience. One question posed was about how non-profit and corporate board members were recruited. One response stood out in my mind. The speaker indicated that she often recruited board members by tapping into her friends and colleagues. The answer affirmed a thesis of mine—there exists in our society what I call the “rolodex of inequality,” and what it produces is homogeneity or sameness.

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Artspeak: New Year’s Promise: Live Simply, Laugh Often, Love Fully

The three maxims in the title greet me each morning. They are kitchen magnets placed above my stove, meant to guide me on the attitude I should carry into my day and into life generally. I take them to mean: 1) do not overly complicate my life (with work, obligations, possessions, other people’s problems, or needless drama); 2) find joy and fun in my daily routines; and 3) make time to be connected and deeply embrace the passions that arise from friendships, family, and special friends/partners/lovers.

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