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By Rebecca Price Janney, May 21 2019 04:53PM

I remember learning about seminal Supreme Court cases in school with one of the most important decisions of the 20th century coming in 1954. That's when the Court ruled segregation in schools to be unconstitutional. This was a huge victory for that classic American belief, that under God, all people are equal.

These days it's fashionable to criticize those who came before us as racists. Many dismiss the Founders who owned slaves as having little of relevance to say to us today. But consider this--the United States did not invent slavery or prejudice. These were universally present throughout the world back then, and in some parts remain a tragic reality. I propose that we look at the Founders differently, as flawed people like us, who for the most part, courageously stared down injustice and dared to make a better world.

To hear more about Brown v. Board of Education, click on the Podcast icon on this page.

By Rebecca Price Janney, May 14 2019 07:47PM

What is the scariest thing you've ever experienced? Have you ever faced down a mob coming at you with clubs? That's exactly what one of my 19th century female heroes, Sojourner Truth, did on a seminal day in 1844.

She was born in slavery at the end of the 18th century, and upon her emancipation, she prayed for a new name. She took Sojourner because she was prepared to preach the gospel everywhere she could. She chose Truth as a last name because her message was about God's truth. Her mission blessed many, and sometimes cost her dearly.

I share her story in my latest podcast.

By Rebecca Price Janney, May 8 2019 12:33PM

Did you ever feel as if you were part of a historical event but weren't alive to witness what happened? In a way, that's what VE Day is like for me. I wasn't even close to being there, but my parents were, and my aunts, uncles, and grandparents. Their descriptions have become part of my own narrative.

That blessed day must've come as a huge sigh of relief after six years of grueling warfare with casualities in the tens of millions. A collective breath was held as people wondered, would evil dictators and generals have their way, or would, as we put it when I was a girl, "the good guys win?"

Thanks be to God, the good guys did win. M y dad had a front row seat to the end of the fighting while my mother was back home, dancing in the streets if I know her at all. Dad was somewhere in Germany, liberating a concentration camp shortly after the victory celebration.

My podcast this week is in honor of that day, and those who lived, and died, to make the victory possible. I would love to hear any of your stories of family members who witnessed VE Day.

By Rebecca Price Janney, Apr 23 2019 12:43PM

What national event do you remember most from your lifetime? The Greatest Generation recalls Pearl Harbor, D-Day, and the death of President Roosevelt. Baby Boomers remember the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr. For Gen X-ers, the Challenger space shuttle explosion, and Milennials, 9.11,

Nineteenth-century Americans would never forget the events of Easter weekend 1865. The Civil War had just ended. A new hope broke over the horizon. Then the unspeakable happened...

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By Rebecca Price Janney, Apr 15 2019 11:52AM

Marian Anderson was known as “The Voice of the Century.” Born in South Philadelphia in 1902, this gifted African-American singer rose to international prominence, becoming the first black person to perform with New York’s Metropolitan Opera. Her outstanding talent and quiet personality not only opened doors for her, but broke down racial barriers in the musical world.

This month is the 80th anniversary of her historic concert at the Lincoln Memorial. For the full story, click on my podcast link or visit

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