by Crystal R. Emery | Feb 21, 2018 8:20 am | Comments (2)
I am a bonafied, ride or die, New Havener. I grew up on the energy of the ‘60s during the Civil Rights Movement, the advent of the flower child, busing integration, and Black Panthers. Seeing the fierce independence and indomitable nature of the human spirit during this era birthed my vision for what America could be and the hope for what America stands for.
Continue reading ‘A Call To Rise’
by Crystal Emery | Dec 23, 2015 8:13 am
I often find myself lost in the forest of perceptions. It seems I’m always trying to get people to understand the value of my work, as my work is an effort to amplify positive stories and give voice to the fight for equality.
Continue reading ‘Morial’s Witness’
by Crystal Emery | Nov 27, 2015 7:29 am
Often times I start and end my days by reciting the Lord’s Prayer,
“Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us of our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into ignorance…”
Continue reading ‘Forgiveness, Not Judgment’
by Crystal Emery | Nov 3, 2015 1:04 pm | Comments (2)
A few weeks ago, I had an appointment with a very good friend of mine, who happens to be a business development strategist. He came to my humble home – keep in mind he is a very, very busy man with a hectic schedule, but he made time for me.
Continue reading ‘Reality Check’
by Crystal Emery | Sep 18, 2015 12:08 pm
Note: A memorial service for Khalid Lum, pictured, will be held Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. at the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale, 211 Park St.
How do you measure the life of a man? I was 15 years old in 1975, the year I met Khalid Lum. Khalid was the director of the AfroAmerican Cultural Center at Yale and I was an impressionable teenager. His giant personality held my attention no matter the topic. I was enthralled by his current events lessons.
Continue reading ‘How A “Word Sorcerer” Changed Our Lives’
by Crystal Emery | Dec 23, 2014 1:12 pm | Comments (1)
Holiday season is my favorite. Before my father’s passing in 1993, every Halloween my siblings and I would end the evening at his house. We would laugh and sift through the candies for the children and make sure that there weren’t any foreign objects or loose candy. My father’s birthday was January 21, and so between Halloween and his birthday, there was nothing but nonstop partying; we’d celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and my father’s birthday, but also several of my siblings had birthdays in between that time, and so we would celebrate those too. But even bigger than all the celebrations was the enormous manifestation of love that was always present during this special time.
Continue reading ‘Let’s Make This A Season Of Love’
by Crystal Emery | Dec 4, 2014 1:37 pm
In 1638, 500 English Puritans founded New Haven as a promised land: a new haven whose values could inspire the known world. The promise of such a Christian utopia depended, in turn, on the Puritans’ own promise to the native Quinnipiaks to take actions to defend them against raiding Pequots and Mohawks.
Continue reading ‘Let’s Deliver A “Promised Land”’
by Crystal Emery | Nov 13, 2014 3:21 pm | Comments (13)
Two of my best friends, both with professional, high-stress, high-paying careers, came over for dinner. Their children were not with them but at home with the babysitter. As we were talking about child care, they were excited to inform me about the new gem they had found for day care.
Continue reading ‘Who Is Raising Our Children?’
by Crystal Emery | Oct 7, 2014 11:03 am | Comments (1)
What could convince over 150 New Haveners to walk through the city in the pouring rain? An overwhelming desire to inspire change.
Continue reading ‘Community Action Makes The Long Walk Back’
by Crystal Emery | Sep 23, 2014 1:16 pm | Comments (2)
Last week I discovered that the new management company at my apartment complex had started digging up the trees and shrubbery around the property. I was curious as to why they dug them up, as they looked healthy and didn’t appear to be interfering with anything.
Continue reading ‘Beloved Trees Sacrificed For “Unified” Look’