I am deeply saddened and dismayed by Harvard Divinity School’s refusal to grant Cornel West tenure.

Below is a brief reflection about my time as Dr. West’s student. His unparalleled ability to make students believe in the magic of their imagination will be dearly missed.


And it is Doing it on Purpose


It’s time to stop crying when Black people ask you to be better.

Photo by Tim Wildsmith


Learning to honor my boundaries and limitations as a Black Woman in the world.

From Jessica Felicio on Unsplash


Thanks to Pam Sharpe for sharing their work on Unsplash.

Many experts emphasize being present as the key to crushing anxiety. But what if your constant reality is white supremacy and patriarchal violence?


Burn it down, sweep up the ashes, and start over. Here are some concrete ways to support Black Lives in pedagogy and praxis.


As a Black, queer woman still unlearning the respectability politics of my youth, growing plants has helped me grow, too

Photos: Ciarra Jones


If you truly care about Black lives, then it’s time to dismantle and rebuild higher education.


Thanks to Felix Koutchinski for sharing their work on Unsplash.

Before you apologize to your Black acquaintance, pause and reflect on a few things…


Thanks to Olu Famule for sharing their work on Unsplash.

To the Black men who jog to keep from crying.

Ciarra Jones

Ciarra’s writing explores race, education, religion, and sexuality. I publish weekly. | business email: ciarrajoneswrites@gmail.com | Website: ciarrajones.com

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