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Renee Moore

April 20, 2007

Can you hear me now?

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The VA Tech tragedy touched me on so many levels of my own humanity: mother, teacher, colleague. However, what has rubbed much salt in the wounds everyone connected with this horrible event already have is the hindsighted nagging about "why didn't anyone recognize this young man had such severe problems?"

It has been widely reported that several of Cho's professors and classmates did raise warnings about his need for help. As an adult college student, what could be legally done to force treatment upon him apparently was done. Who is to blame that it was not enough?

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Renee Moore

February 14, 2007

Soul searching

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This month, many students will learn about the Underground Railroad and its heroic participants. What they might not learn is what happened to those slaves whofollowed the North Star. Many reached Canada, built new lives, and established thriving communities. My mother was born in such a town in southwestern Ontario. Now called North Buxton, it was originally Elgin Settlement: The Community That Hope Built. What the former slaves built first were homes, churches, and schools.

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Renee Moore

January 21, 2007

"Nowhere to run to, baby... nowhere to hide"

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You have to understand, I was a 60’s Motown teenager, and becoming a teacher was nowhere in my life plans. For about 12 years, I freelanced locally. I also held several day jobs including: auto factory worker, bank file clerk, hospital emergency room clerk, and secretary. Along the way, I found time for marriage, children, and activism.

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