It was quite a week. (Aren't they all?)
More primaries (we'll say it every week from now until the election: get out and vote! Make sure you're registered! Take the time to visit vote.org to make sure your voter information is correct and encourage your family and friends to do the same.), lots of conversation about the state of our nation (see below for more on that) and sad news about the death of Aretha Franklin.
The Queen of Soul was remembered as a powerful presence, gifted musician, genius, and trailblazer. RIP.
- Soul Survivor, the 2016 profile by David Remnick
- Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul, Dies at 76 from Rolling Stone
- Aretha Franklin - Musical Genius, Truth Teller, Freedom Fighter by Farah Jasmine Griffin
- And be sure to watch her performing "Nessun Dorma" at the 1998 Grammys
A number of articles this week focused on exactly the kind of divides that CtK.Campfire exists to repair.
- In A Divided Era, One Thing Seems to Unite: Political Anger from the NYT
- Pew has done a lot of research on this topic. You can find out more here, here, and here.
- A Quinnipiac poll looks at political division as well.
There is hope!
- USA Today published this piece: sit down and have coffee with someone you disagree with. (Thanks to CtK Alum, Frank Sensenbrenner for sending this our way.)
- WSJ reports that campuses are cultivating civil dialogue (paywall).
Congratulations to CtK.Campfire Alum, Bishop Garrison, who will be joining the Truman National Security Project as the Managing Director, Policy and Advocacy!
Have a great weekend! Get out for coffee with someone who holds different views. And be nice to strangers.