Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Profile in courage

I'm awed by Newark Schools Superintendant Marion Bolden's leadership. She identified her own action as "homophobic" last week when she blackened out all East Side High yearbook pictures of a student kissing his boyfriend. It was one of several Andre Jackson had included in the $150 ad he bought. Bolden is having the yearbook republished and is offering replacements.

Her public apology via Steve Goldstein of Garden State Equality is courageous in a society that still harbors a lot of bigotry, seen and unseen, heard and unheard.

The Newark Star-Ledger ran this picture of the redacted photograph. I think it's a beautiful.

The ruckus turned out for the better. It was an opportunity to enlighten at least one -- and probably many more, because of true leadership -- on diversity and equality.

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