A Prayer for the Mothers

Two days before Michael Brown was shot dead in the streets of Ferguson, MO, I was watching old media footage surrounding the 1955 murder of Emmitt Till. I was struck by the grace and poise of Emmitt’s mother, Mamie Till Bradley. She insisted Emmitt’s funeral—attended by tens of thousands of mourners—be open-casket. She invited the […]

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BOOK CLUB: A Heart For Freedom

My heart holds a special place for the country of China and its peoples. So it was with great anticipation that I read through Chai Ling’s A Heart For Freedom in March for our book club.Maybe my expectations were set too high, but I felt a little disappointed in Chai’s book. I certainly found her […]

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Will We Listen to Trayvon?

“This morning new evidence has turned up in the case of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin…” New video footage. New recordings of 911 phone calls. New eyewitness accounts. And so again, we Americans get caught up in a news story about a tragedy, a violent death. If history repeats itself, we will spend […]

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BOOK CLUB: The Hiding Place

“We must tell people what we have learned here. We must tell them that there is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still. They will listen to us, Corrie, because we have been here.” So implored Corrie ten Boom’s sister as she lay ill as a prisoner at Ravensbruck concentration camp, during […]

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Go See ‘Red Tails’ This Weekend!

. George Lucas struggled for 23 years to make the movie “Red Tails.” The film is inspired by the true story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American military aviators to see combat, during World War II. The film is patriotic, inspirational, and action-packed. It stars Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding, Jr.Why? Because it features […]

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