Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

March 22, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe

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

March 18, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe

Emily Dickinson and Hope

Honoring Emily Dickinson for Women’s History Month Emily Dickinson, 1830-1886, was born in Amherst, Massachusetts. Mount Holyoke College, then called Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, is ten miles away in South Hadley. Emily attended Mount Holyoke for just one year. Then she … Continue reading

February 18, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe

International UU Women’s Convo at Asilomar

Asilomar I’d heard great things about the beauty, the serenity, and the ocean scenery at Asilomar on the Monterey Peninsula in California. I came yesterday for the International Unitarian Universalist Women’s Convocation. When I checked in, Jose, the desk clerk, … Continue reading

February 14, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Happy Valentine’s Day

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 10, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Damage from Boko Haram

Combating Boko Haram’s Influence About 70 freed Boko Haram captives are nearing the end of a 9-month program to aid their reintegration to Nigerian society. Psychologists and Islamic teachers are helping them. Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, … Continue reading

February 6, 2017
by Catherine Onyemelukwe

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
by Catherine Onyemelukwe

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

September 3, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe

Shonda Rhimes’ Year of Yes

Year of Yes I always have a book on my phone for listening at the gym. While I’m on the treadmill, lifting weights, or doing leg presses, I’m ‘reading.’ Right now, it’s Shonda Rhimes’ Year of Yes and I’m loving it! … Continue reading

August 26, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Inheritance for Igbo Women

Inheritance for Igbo Women Inheritance for Igbo women has been an issue in Nigeria for a long time. In 1991 a case was filed by a woman who said she could not be removed from the land that came to … Continue reading

August 22, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe

Will There Be Milk for Nigeria?

Milk for Nigeria? Moo! There are plans for a dairy industry with milk for Nigeria! The world’s largest dairy cooperative is coming. They’ve signed an MOU, a Memorandum of Understanding, with the Nigerian government. Arla Foods is a cooperative owned … Continue reading