A real-life example of how to lean-in to Brave Conversations

Bryana Clover Bry’s Thoughts

There are so many conversations I’m having recently that start with, “But, how do I know when to engage in a divisive conversation, and when to walk away?” I recently created a post on my personal Facebook Page, using a real-life example as learning-ground on this very topic. At first, I hesitated to share it as a blog post, because …

A Reflection on “Black Myself”

Bryana Clover Bry’s Thoughts, Guest Writers

There is one particular song these days, that grabs the attention of the entire household, including my two-year-old son, Emmett. “Black Myself” by Our Native Daughters is blasted on our television, accompanied by a video of their performance at the Americana 18th Annual Honors ceremony. My husband, Troy is a music fan of all genres, and I have him to …

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Juneteenth

Bryana Clover Bry’s Thoughts

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, commemorates the day (June 19, 1865) when slavery officially ended in the US. Two and a half years prior to this date was when President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Currently, it is considered a holiday in all but three states (Hawaii, North Dakota, and South Dakota need to get with the program!) …

Corporate America’s public responses to racial inequities is not enough

Bryana Clover Bry’s Thoughts

“People think this is about George Floyd, but we are still crying for Emmett Till.” Last week was a whirlwind. Hundreds of CEO’s and corporate leaders publicly opposed and condemned the actions of the police officer in Minneapolis who murdered George Floyd, and made promises to revisit, or reinforce company values and aspirations to create safe places of work for …

The time is always right, to do what is right

Bryana Clover Bry’s Thoughts

A great Prophet said, “The time is always right, to do what is right.” – Martin Luther King Jr. As you’re aware from the news and social media, there has been a large and appropriate response to the murder of Black Americans by police officers taking place over the last several days. Our society is being traumatized by the systemic, …

Crossing the Line from Labels to Identity

Bryana Clover Bry’s Thoughts

The following post was originally hosted on Just Pursuits, by my friend, and business partner, Jessica Petty.  As Bryana Clover and I continued to tackle subject matter related to race, I pitched the idea of exploring labels and how they impact our conversations.  With the census this year, I was investigating racial categories and how we assign labels to others, and to …

Learning from an African American Woman’s Reflection on the 19th Amendment

Bryana Clover Bry’s Thoughts

The following interview was originally hosted on Just Pursuits, conducted by my friend, and business partner, Jessica Petty.  To celebrate Black History Month this year, I made a commitment to engage in more meaningful conversations to better understand what systemic barriers still exist in our quest for a fair and just America. As a researcher of diversity and inclusion issues, …

Celebrating Black History Month as a White Woman

Bryana Clover Bry’s Thoughts

The following interview was originally hosted on Just Pursuits, conducted by my friend, and business partner, Jessica Petty.  There are times when I want to throw my name in the hat for celebrating a person or a cause or an achievement, but it might just be based on a feeling, something in my heart, but not a vast amount of …