Headshot of the author, Dr. Rickey Booker

Progress Takes Time

Dr. Rickey Booker discusses the slow progress towards racial justice in American history, drawing from the writings of Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and Ibram Kendi. His essay engages with James Baldwin’s urgent question to the white community: HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU WANT FOR YOUR PROGRESS?”

Collage featuring author parallel in hoodie and professional suit with collage of victims of police brutality in background

Am I Next?

Dr. Rickey Booker Jr. reflects on the recent murders of African-American men, and asks this urgent question: “Every time I embrace my wife and 3-year old daughter, I am flooded with the same question: Is this the last time they will embrace me. AM I NEXT?”

Letter to Northwest Arkansas

Read the candid reflections from Aaliya Davis about diversity in Northwest Arkansas: “As a black teenager, I feel more should be offered to the black community. I visited Fayetteville, Bentonville, Rogers and felt left out due to the lack of diversity.”