Kelly Burton

For many of us, the last few months have felt like one long funeral procession. There’s been lots of crying, grieving, snapping and flat-out cussing folks out! We felt like the America we knew had died and maybe it did, but Praise the Lord, it was resurrected this weekend as millions of women (and men) […]

Some books make you smarter. Some take you to another place and time. And some transform you altogether. The latter are few and far between, but when they come along, nothing is ever the same. Here are my picks for life-changing reads of 2016. A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle I know, it sounds extra […]

When I was a teenager, I remember having a brief, yet memorable conversation with a relative about her thoughts on meditation. I could tell she was confused as to why I had brought up the topic. We were Baptists after all. But she indulged me anyway, tilted her head and gave it some thought. After […]

“Promise me you’ll have children, Kelly. Just one. Have one for me.” Mrs. Johnston knew I didn’t want to be a mother, but that didn’t stop her from laying it on thick every chance she got. “You need someone to take care of you when you’re old. If you don’t have children, who will take […]

“If the educated Negro could go off and be white, he might be happy. The large majority of this class then must go through life denouncing white people because they are trying to run away from the blacks and decrying the blacks because they are not white.” -Carter G. Woodson, The Mis-Education of the Negro […]

One of my favorite books of 2015 was The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. It’s the story of two women – Hetty “Handful” Grimke, a slave girl in early-19th century Charleston and Sarah Grimke, her slave master’s daughter. The book explores their often complicated relationship, as well as their struggle for self-discovery and common desire and pursuit […]

When most people hear the name Rockefeller, they automatically think about money, as they should. Around the turn of the 20th century, John D. Rockefeller Sr., the patriarch of the Rockefeller dynasty and founder of Standard Oil, eclipsed Andrew Carnegie to become the richest man in the country. In the definitive biography on his life, […]

3 Things Your Small Business Can Do to Give Like the Big Boys It’s true that most small businesses lack the wherewithal to create and staff philanthropic funds or major giving campaigns, but that doesn’t mean they are not giving. As a matter of fact, small businesses are thought to give more on average than their […]