Be Angry But Sin Not: Why Calm Is Not an Option in Ferguson

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Dr. King said in his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” that the purpose of nonviolent direct action was to “create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community [would be] forced to confront the issue.” The vigils, blockades, verbal confrontations with police, letters and emails to city officials, tweets, and the like will hopefully force an authentic confrontation of the issue.

In Memoriam: Dr. Vincent Harding

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Dead men make such convenient heroes. They cannot rise to challenge the images we would fashion from their lives – Carl Wendell Himes Jr. The esteemed historian, scholar, and civil rights and peace activist Vincent Harding passed away at the tender age of 82 this past Monday. Dr. Harding is most famous for drafting Martin […]

MLK to Buchanan – Do You Know What Civil Disobedience Is For?

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On January 23, 1979, Pat Buchanan had this to say about Martin Luther King Jr.: To Black Americans and many whites, Dr. King was the essence of everything good about America. To millions of others, not all of them racists, he was something else: the most divisive figure in the century’s most divisive decade. A […]

Is Acceptance of Civil Gay Marriage Now a Litmus Test for the Democrats?

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Yesterday, the White House tapped The Reverend Luis Leon, pastor of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC, to give the benediction to President Obama’s second inauguration. Rev. Leon replaces Reverend Louie Giglio, pastor of the Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA, who resigned earlier this week after a 15-year old sermon surfaced where he […]

These Neighborhoods Are Our Neighborhoods

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President Obama gave a moving statement in response to the mass murder in Newton, CT. I appreciate the emotion he displayed, who wouldn’t get choked up thinking about the slaughter of innocent children. His teary, yet determined affect expresses the exact sentiment this nation ought to have: a deep sadness at such a senseless tragedy, […]

I Was Jordan Davis (Almost)

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The slaying of Jordan Davis on Black Friday by Michael Dunn has got me contemplating my own mortality lately. But for a few differences, I could have been Jordan Davis eighteen years ago. My story begins at an evening Christmas party for my church youth group in the Tidewater area of Virginia. My friends and […]

How President Obama Killed Primrose Everdeen

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Spoiler Alert: If you have not read the third book in the hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay, and you do not want to know a significant plot detail, do not read this blog. The upcoming presidential debate of foreign policy ought to be full of fire and bluster as President Obama attempts to paint Governor Romney as […]