Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

March 22, 2017
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Conversations About Race

Conversations About Race I was pleased to get an email from my college classmate and friend, Judy. She said, “I’ve just finished reading Roots. I can’t believe I hadn’t read it.  Nor have I seen the series.” She said, “My daughter … Continue reading



February 14, 2017
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White Privilege – More Conversation I love all the attention our essay contest is getting. After all, that’s the point – to stimulate conversation! On Saturday morning TEAM Westport Chair Harold Bailey was interviewed on CNN. The interviewer was Michael … Continue reading



February 6, 2017
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More on White Privilege

White Privilege: The Conversation Continues  Last week I wrote about TEAM Westport’s essay contest on white privilege. Interest has continued to grow. In fact, TEAM’s “student essay contest about ‘white privilege’ has created an uproar,” according to The New York Times! At … Continue reading



February 2, 2017
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What Does White Privilege Mean to You?

Former Westport Resident Talks About White Privilege TEAM Westport is our town’s committee dedicated to multi-cultural awareness. The acronym TEAM stands for is Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism. I am a member. We are holding our 4th annual essay contest for … Continue reading



January 29, 2017
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Beauties and Beasts in Igbo Art

Igbo Art: Beauties and Beasts Thank you to my friend and fellow Mount Holyoke book group member Joan! She told me about the lecture, “The Astonishing Richness of Igbo Art: Beauties, Beasts, and Others.” I went on Thursday evening to the … Continue reading



January 25, 2017
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Talking About Race

Talking About Race Sunday’s presentation “Talking to Children About Race” at the Westport Library, co-sponsored by TEAM Westport, was excellent. Catherine Lewis, LCSW and Zoe Tarrant, MA, MFT were the presenters. Their PowerPoint “What Do White Children See?” led them … Continue reading



December 12, 2016
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Two Stories of Boundary-Crossing Marriage

Boundary-Crossing Marriage The first story of Boundary-Crossing Marriage comes from the online media site YNaija.com. Online media is alive and well in Nigeria. I would even say thriving! One of the popular online media sites is Naija.com. ‘Naija’ is the … Continue reading



December 4, 2016
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New US Ambassador for Nigeria

New US Ambassador to Nigeria New U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria meets President Buhari The new US ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, submitted his credentials to President Buhari on December 1. You may have recognized his name. I did. His family … Continue reading