Just Mercy–A Review

Just Mercy–A Review
Editor's note: This review of the movie Just Mercy was written by Kiandria Cowart, a rising college junior, majoring in Communication and minoring African American Studies. **** Our goal is to be able to become antiracists, but we first have to become aware of all inequalities.  Although police brutality is a major one, it is not the only one. I believe the broader spectrum of police brutality is police misconduct, that is the wrongful con...

Black Lives Matter at Work

Black Lives Matter at Work
This has been a tough season for Black people for sure, and it is a moment of reckoning for the nation, even our world. Sustained mass protests calling for reform or radical reshaping of racist structures have caught the nation’s attention. The clarion call proclaiming “Black lives matter,” is a demand to transform the institutions that have rendered Black lives as inconsequential at the hands of out-of-control policing. Structural or systemic racism, ...

“I Bring the Voices of My People: A Womanist Vision For Racial Reconciliation”– My Summary

“I Bring the Voices of My People:  A Womanist Vision For Racial Reconciliation”– My Summary
Note: On my blog site last week, I had committed to my readers to post a series of summaries of books on anti-racism and social justice.  I noted that people who have previously been silent are now asking how to learn more about racism. Others are reaching out asking how to deal with their anger and disappointment over the repeated instances of unarmed Black people being killed by police.  Others have asked how to even t...

God Still Has the Last Say: Racism Won’t Overpower Our Faith

God Still Has the Last Say: Racism Won’t Overpower Our Faith
Yesterday morning I was preparing to lead my Women’s Ministry 7 AM weekly prayer call. I was planning to use a devotional method called Lectio Divina to have the women reflect on Ephesians 3:20-21 before we prayed. I had been contemplating and meditating on Ephesians 3:20-21 for a few days.  Here’s the passage. Eph 3:20-21, NLT Lectio Divina (Latin for Divine Reading) is a prayer of meditation, listening for God to speak throu...

Where are the Aunties?

Where are the Aunties?
I decided to get in a quick power walk at our local park before church on this past Sunday—the day after the white supremacist violence erupted in Charlottesville. After my walk, I stopped briefly at a local store to pick up some toiletries. As I walked down the shower gel aisle, I passed a young African-American man ambling, sort of standing, sort of walking back and forth. I looked at him, and proclaimed, “I can’t remember what else I came in here to get...

Our Dividing Moment–Understanding The Matrix of Polarization

Our Dividing Moment–Understanding The Matrix of Polarization
Note: This is Part 1 of a Two-part Post. A coworker is silently angry with a colleague for voting against his candidate. An upper middle class woman emotionally volleys back and forth with her neighbor on their different votes in this past election. On Sunday, November 13,  many Pastors led their congregations in prayers of thanksgiving over the results of this election, yet just as many led prayers of lament. On election night, a woman of colo

Hurrah for Harriet: 5 Things I Learned About The New $20

Hurrah for Harriet: 5 Things I Learned About The New $20
I must admit I was quite perplexed when I saw on Twitter the announcement that the United States Treasury Department was placing Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. I was conflicted. The root of my consternation seemed to be in what I saw as a clash of symbols. To me our currency always symbolized capitalism and the the power to trade, buy and sell. For me, Harriet Tubman represents the resistance to buying and trading slaves—humans that the government at the

GUEST POST: Crying Out

GUEST POST: Crying Out
By Guest Blogger: Vernee’ Washington The wilderness is a desolate and deserted place, a place of lack, scarcity, and silence. When you hear the word wilderness in reference to the word of God, what do you think about? There are two instances that typically come to mind - the children of Israel and their 40 years of wandering in the wilderness and the leading of Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. But I submit to you that there is

Strengthened by Love: Seven Themes on Spiritual Leadership from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Strengthened by Love: Seven Themes on Spiritual Leadership from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today we pause to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Though known as a civil rights leader, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, in recently reading his book of sermons, "The Strength to Love,” I was keenly reminded through his passionate words, colorful metaphors and spiritual themes, that Dr. King was first and foremost, a man of God -- preacher and pastor. In a day and time, when so many preachers are clamoring to make "their minist...

5 Lessons on Implicit Bias From Nelson Mandela

5 Lessons on Implicit Bias From Nelson Mandela
As we mark the first year anniversary of the death of Mr. Nelson Mandela, this post is dedicated to the memory of a world-class leader who taught us so much about inclusion, forgiveness and reconciliation. ** In his memoir, Long Walk To Freedom, Nelson Mandela recounts an incident that occurred early in the anti-apartheid movement on one of his trips to garner support from other African leaders. The incident caused him to experience what he called “a str...