Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

October 16, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Beloved Conversations

Beloved Conversations – a Final Report Several months ago I mentioned a program in which I participated at The Unitarian Church in Westport called “Beloved Conversations.” Beloved Conversations is a program created at Meadville Lombard, the Unitarian Seminary in Chicago. The … Continue reading

October 4, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Nigeria’s Independence, Chicago & Mountain Day

Mount Holyoke College Mountain Day Mount Holyoke College has a long-standing (I think since 1838!) tradition called Mountain Day. One day in the fall the President surprises the campus with bells ringing to announce Mountain Day, a day without classes. … Continue reading

September 30, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Tribe or Ethnic Group? More!

Tribe or Ethnic Group? The most comments ever on a blog topic came as a result of “Tribe or Ethnic Group.” If you haven’t commented yet but want to, you still can! Either make your comment at the bottom of … Continue reading

September 26, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Ethnic Group or Tribe?

New Canaan Library Author Talk The audience of about 35 people at my New Canaan Library Author Talk on Monday evening was enthusiastic and full of interesting questions. As people were leaving one audience member said, “Why do you use … Continue reading

September 18, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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We Belong to a Community

Rev. Barber: What We Must Do Have you seen, heard, or heard of Rev. William Barber? He has been speaking out about structural racism. He has tough words for all of us interested in confronting race issues in our country. … Continue reading

August 9, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Peace Corps Connect and Island Nations

Peace Corps Connections   Clem and I were in Denver Colorado for “Peace Corps Connect,” the annual 2-day gathering of returned Peace Corps volunteers and friends. The day before, Friday, Friends of Nigeria held its own meeting. Friends of Nigeria … Continue reading

July 24, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Mother of the Bride

Mother of the Bride My friend and blog reader J. wrote with a question. Her daughter is getting married in Nigeria to a Nigerian man. J. was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Nigeria and married a Nigerian. But instead … Continue reading

July 20, 2017
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Summertime and Compo Beach is Calling

Beach Party in Westport 06880 Dan Woog writes a blog called 06880. It’s all about the town and people of Westport. Whatever he writes must have a Westport connection. Compo Beach is a major feature of Westport. For the past … Continue reading

July 8, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Biafra Fifty Years Ago and Nigeria Today

Did Biafra Teach Us Anything? The Nigerian army entered Biafra on July 6th, 1967. This was just two weeks after our daughter Beth was born in Enugu, Biafra’s capital. Two months later the Nigerians were bombing Enugu. We ran to … Continue reading

June 26, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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My Own Implicit Bias

Implicit Bias at Work I hear people say implicit bias is not real. I disagree. It is real, pervasive, and harmful. It affects the actions of police and juries. The NYTimes had an excellent op-ed on the topic. I experienced my … Continue reading