'You belong here' — in dialogue
I know how it feels when the volume is turned up in the national conversation. Across the political aisle and on social media, who is yelling at whom today? Our differences can create a chasm that seems impossible to cross.
That is why I found it so encouraging this month that a standing-room-only crowd gathered in Brendle Recital Hall to challenge the prevalent notion about our country's lack of civil discourse. "Three living legends" — Reynolds Professor of American Studies Maya Angelou, Provost Emeritus Edwin G. Wilson ('43) and Johnnetta B. Cole, director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art, gathered to urge individuals to take responsibility for creating a culture of kindness and respect. Focus on what we have in common, not our differences. By striving for that change in perception, we might just change the world. Being the change one wishes to see is something Wake Foresters know how to do, and for that I am grateful. Read more here.
Maria Henson ('82)
Associate Vice President and Editor-at-Large
Wake Forest Magazine