African-American Outreach

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I've (Sal) grown up with African-Americans since growing up in the St. Paul school system. One of my best friends was an African American; however, I had some negative experiences with just a few and started to ignorantly judge-stereotype all of them negatively. I became "racist"!

When I came to UMM, an African-American floormate shared Christ's love to me. This was part of my maturity in becoming less prejudiced!

My racist thoughts or feelings didn't go away overnight after becoming a Christian. After continued prayer and more interaction (eg. Residential Advisor at UMM's Residential Halls for many African-American students from Chicago, IL) -good or bad with African Americans, God softened my heart more. I then helped co-started this new "minority-focused" student campus organization called "Alpha & Omega". Many of the leaders and members were African-American, which my friendship with each one became a positive learning experience.

I've learned that hate comes from fear of the "unknown". I've grown to love people overall when I get to know them more. It's like God, which many in this world haven't really got a chance to know Him through a personal relationship, so some fear him as just only a God who just want to send people to hell as a "judge". Back to what I was writing about, I've grown to know more African Americans and experience this unique culture within the American culture.

African American Church Visit

I'm proud to say that I've been to an African American church. In fact the first one I've ever attended was Shiloh Baptist Missionary Church inner-city St. Paul. I went there with an int'l student from African and a couple of African Americans from UMM. It was a divine experience: I never went to a worship as intense and up-beat ever before! People were clapping and standing as the choir sang with all their heart and voice. After the 2-3 + hour service, I was able to meet some of the worship team as a group of people from UMM. Our reason was to build some networks to help start this new predominate African-American student campus ministry in UMM (later known as Alpha & Omega). We ended up being referred to a Campus Crusade-Alpha & Omega worker. The relationship that was built between us and this lady from A&O help us into a good start-Alpha & Omega. Wow-wasn't that God!

Gospel Music

I was introduced more to this "upbeat-dancin-Lord praisin" style of music through my friends at Alpha & Omega. Since then, I've been looking for this when the opportunity comes, like this...

Lonnie Harrison & Lighthouse Ministries
Saturday, February 5th 2005 @7pm
UMM Student Center: Edson Auditorium

Gangs in America

The big stereotype of African Americans is that they are members of gangs. One has to know the African American family system, they have the largest number of single-parent households of any racial group. I heard from one source that the cause of this is the slavery times when the "white-man" trained young African youth that the African male is "bad" and would separate the families to decrease their power.

Unfortunately, we'll continue to hear gang killings in the inner-city. It doesn't stop with youth, but also younger adults because of their gang past. I just watched a cool movie called "Hard Corps", which seem so real. Just recently a similar incident from a scene in the movie happened...

  • NFL player killed in drive-by shooting POSTED: 10:08 a.m. EST, January 1, 2007 (CNN)

  • "A little after 2 a.m., a white Hummer limousine was sprayed with bullets from a vehicle that pulled along side, said Sonny Jackson, spokesperson for the Denver Police Department. (Watch to see the Hummer full of holes ) Three people in the limousine were hit and were taken to hospitals, where one man was pronounced dead, Jackson said. The other man and woman who were shot were not identified. "
  • Police Hunt Killer of Broncos Cornerback Darrent Williams Tuesday, January 02, 2007 (FOX News)

  • "Anthony Criss, Williams' high school football coach in Fort Worth, Texas, said: "When he was younger, he always gravitated to the wrong crowd. I remember he went to church and the minister was talking to him about needing to pray and stop hanging around with the wrong people, and he started straightening up and doing the right thing."
    * I was watching the news earlier that Williams was in the gang previously and this incident might've been a gang retaliation.
  • Broncos' Williams Laid To Rest In Texas Broncos Turn Out In Force To Pay Respects To Slain Teammate Jan 6, 2007 5:28 pm US/Mountain By Arnie Stapleton, AP Sports Writer

  • "Police have no suspects in the slaying in downtown Denver but did make an arrest Friday night of a man they want to question. Police won't say whether they know the motive for the slaying but have said there was an altercation at the club."




  • Morris Alum Creating Tuskegee Statue 01 Mar 12

  • "Nearly 70 years ago, a group of young African American men now known as the Tuskegee Airmen became famous for protecting American bombers against the Nazi Luftwaffe. Today, they are famous for smashing the color barrier preventing African-Americans from serving their country as combat pilots, paving the way for the desegregation of the U.S. military. Fewer than 100 of the pilots are alive today and 92-year-old Duluth resident Joe Gomer is perhaps the last in Minnesota. Gomer has been active in his community for decades, making contributions to veterans groups, education, and promoting civil rights. Last fall, The Northland Veteran Services Committee in Duluth commissioned ’92 University of Minnesota, Morris alumnus Timothy Cleary to construct a statue of Gomer to commemorate the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen. Cleary is an active artist and an assistant professor of art at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. The statue will be placed in the Duluth International Airport upon completion. “Joe’s personal humbleness and humility really pulled me into the project,” Cleary said. “I asked him once how he felt about the statue and he gave a two-word answer: ‘It’s embarrassing.’ Joe’s the kind of person who’d rather remain in the background, but he decided to lend his face to the statue as a way of honoring the Tuskegee pilots and ground crew.” The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military aviators in the United States armed forces. At that time, the American military was racially segregated and the Tuskegee Airmen faced steep racial discrimination. “They were considered to be second-class citizens, but they resolved to fight for their country despite being unappreciated, even hated,” Cleary said. “So they were in a fight for their civil liberties as well as their country.” Despite adversity, the pilots trained and flew with distinction. The Tuskegee Airmen were particularly valued for their superior ability to protect bomber squadrons, which led to a dramatic decrease in downed bombers. The crews they escorted over Europe dubbed the pilots “Red Tail Angels” because of their distinctive tail assemblies. Gomer experienced first-hand some of the fiercest fighting, flying 68 of the unit’s 311 combat missions. “When I first met Joe, I learned he had lost all of his tent mates in combat, and then all of their replacements,” Cleary said. “Throughout the war, he always felt that his time was coming. He called the missions ‘Russian roulette on a grand scale.’” Cleary is especially interested in bringing out this human side of the larger historical conversation associated with the Tuskegee Airmen, and aims to create a memorial that captures Gomer’s personality and character. “I didn’t want to create the classic war memorial with a steely-eyed pilot staring off into the distance,” Cleary said. “In my designs, I tried to connect the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen to a real human being. I tried to place Joe’s personality—his body language, gesture, and expression—in front of the historical backdrop.” The statue will be a life-size figure of the young Gomer in period World War II flight gear. To create the statue, Cleary will sculpt an original figure in wax, which he will then cast in bronze. The project is slated to be completed by Gomer’s birthday in June. “For me, it’s a real fast track,” Cleary said. “Making a statue like this is very time consuming. At my usual pace, I’d plan to have something like this done by November. There are many layers to the process people don’t see. There’s research, like making sure Joe’s clothes and likeness are right, and acquiring the right materials needed to finish the project—metals, stone, plaster and wax. And then there’s the physical sculpting itself, which is the most time consuming. In addition, I have a full-time job that prevents me from dedicating all of my time to the project.” Cleary says that studying at Morris provided him a firm foundation for building his professional and personal life. In particular, he values the relationships he forged with his professors. “We weren’t just names on paper,” Cleary said. “My teachers were very good at bringing out student’s individual strengths. They helped me understand that hard work is the basic necessity for success. I learned that you have to care about what you are doing. You can’t be half-committed. “One of my mentors at Morris was John Ingle,” Cleary continued, “he always encouraged his students to ‘avoid the occasion of regret.’ To me this means being willing to take risks. Even if things don’t end up the way you want, I feel that overcoming your fear and taking that risk is its own kind of victory.” Cleary encourages current Morris students to work hard at what they love and get the basics down while in college. “Having a grasp of the basics allows you to create something that you care about, something of real value,” Cleary said. “If you don’t do what you love, you’ll have to do something else—something perhaps you don’t love. So go all in, don’t hold back.” "


    Chi-Alpha, a new student org that meets every Fridays @8pm at the Minority Resource Center T.V. Lounge or Student Center: Alumni Room (check for locations). This new group that started in the Fall of 03' is somewhat a followup of Alpha & Omega (est. 1998)


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    BSU Gosepl Coir sings "Life You Up" at the ASA Talent Show

    " "The Black Student Union's Gospel Choir of the University of Minnesota-Morris powerfully sings "Lift You Up" at the 6th Annual Talent Show 00' sponsored by the Asian Student Association. The group would end up getting second place. This event was held at the Edson Auditorium at the University of Minnesota-Morris"




  • Mixed Blood Theatre, various educational show (e.g. Martin Luther King Jr)

  • *I though the 1 man Martin Luther King Jr. show on Monday, February 16th in 2004 at UMM's Edson Aud. was performed very well as if I was present during the Civl Rights Movement


  • Alpha & Omega: Soul 2 Soul, UofM-Twin Cities campus stud. org. connection
  • Churches

  • Progressive Baptist Church, 1505 Burns Ave Saint Paul, Minnesota 55106 651-774-5503

  • "...By a miracle of God, on August 23, 1992, the progressive Church family marched into their new church home. The parade started at the parking lot of the East St. Paul Target Store, went west on Burns Avenue and into the new church building. Praise and celebration continued throughout the entire day. During the twelve years of our ministry, based in this facility, over 1800 new people have dedicated or rededicated themselves to Jesus Christ and become members of the Progressive family. The foundation of Progressive, based in the Word of God and led by the Holy Spirit has been well laid. As we move forward into these next years, our efforts will focus on making disciples of our members, evangelizing our immediate community and building a facility to accomodate our current and future membership. To God be the glory for the things He has done!
    *We are currently under God's direction of construction and have been temporarily housed at Battle Creek Middle School located at 2121 North Park Dr in St. Paul.
    Sunday Services–8 AM and 11 AM
    Sunday School and New Members Class- 9:30 AM
    Wednesday Supper and Bible Study- 6 PM
    Church Office Hours–9 AM to 5:00 PM
    Please click our Calendar of Events for detailed information on dates and times and location of our upcoming church events. "
  • Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church

  • *been here once and that was back in 2000. A friend of mine (Ryan F.) is very involved here and wanted me to come to their new open house (see flyer this past Saturday-October 20th of 2007). Another UMMer connection is Rodney F. (his nephew), who is a current student at UMM.



  • Yo the Movement, youth empowerment in the Twin Cities
  • Media

  • Minnesota Black Pages, state directory magazine
  • Nation-GoodnewsUSA.Info


  • Black Expressions
  • Children

    Soaring Song of Success

    "Singing legend Dionne Warwick inspires kids to pursue their dreams and fully explore their abilities in this sweetly illustrated book about her own youthful turning points."


    Dick Gregory at State of Black Union 08 Pt.1

    Prince, Dick Gregory on Chemtrails & Manganese , from
    *see Science: Chemistry, etc... & Minnesota Music


  • Impact Movement, a conference (my experience) that I attended in 2000 in Atlanta, GA
  • *Please contact me about a homemade video I taped on this awesome conference (evangelism outreach testimonies, workshops, talent/variety show, and various inpspriational-motivational speakers on college-youth related topics)


    Ethnic Background (Pt. 1 of 6)

    "Dr. Garzon interviews an African American about her general ethical background."


    The Obama Deception Part 11/12

    "HQ in one piece; The Obama Deception is the latest movie from Alex Jones,
    Please support Alex with a subscription if you like this "

    *see USA Presidents: 44th (2009-present) Barack Obama


  • Take Back the Music Campaign, redirecting the mission of hip-hop

  • *saw this on cnn on Saturday, November 5th of 2005

    You Must Learn-KRS 1

    "A true MESSAGE to Everybody Then & Now! "
    KRS-One - Never Give Up, from
    Ain't Ready, from


    A Change Is Gonna Come - A Black History Tribute

    "I did this video for Black History Month in 2003"

  • Black History: The Missing Chapters in American History, from

  • "Growing up in America we all go through the school system learning the history that has made this country such a great place. Still the impact of the African American still remains the part of our history that is not being taught and which our kids know nothing about. This film takes a closer look at this issue and how we can begin to fill some of these historical gaps"

    *see Issues: Slavery-Labor, Sex, etc...

  • Sojourner Truth, 1 of 131 Christians everone should know from Christianity Today

  • *I chose her amongts many other famous abolitionist because I did a report on her in my Sociology course at UMM
    Sojourner Truth

    "This is an informative movie on Sojourner Truth done as a school project. "
    Harriet Tubman

    "To this day Harriet Tubman is still remembered as "The Moses of her people" for good reason. From 1849 to 1860, in 17 dangerous missions to the Confederate South, she helped more than 300 slaves escape to freedom in the North.
    Harriet's selflessness and disregard for personal safety along with her deep faith in God enabled her to help family members and many others to escape the chains of slavery.
    She continues to inspire countless Americans more than a century after her death. "

    -Civil Rights Movement
    History of the Civil Rights Movement

    African-American Civil Rights Movement (1955–1968) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    "...refers to the reform movements in the United States aimed at abolishing racial discrimination against African Americans and restoring suffrage in Southern states. This article covers the phase of the movement between 1954 and 1968, particularly in the South. By 1966, the emergence of the Black Power Movement, which lasted roughly from 1966 to 1975, enlarged the aims of the Civil Rights Movement to include racial dignity, economic and political self-sufficiency, and freedom from oppression by whites.
    Many of those who were most active in the Civil Rights Movement, with organizations such as SNCC, CORE and SCLC, prefer the term "Southern Freedom Movement" because the struggle was about far more than just civil rights under law; it was also about fundamental issues of freedom, respect, dignity, and economic and social equality..."

    America - Black History

    'My Black America - My 2nd Video. History, African American, Martin Luther King Malcolm X, Black Panthers News American, MBA"

  • African-American Religion in the Nineteenth Century, from N.Carolina Chapel Hill
  • Black Hisotry, from African Online
  • Black History-online
  • Encyclopedia Brittanica, guide to Black Hisotry
  • -Notables

  • Contributions of African Americans To American Society, from

  • "African Americans have had major contributions to our westernized society....Black Inventors"

  • Black Studies: Profiles of great African Americans you should know

  • Alex Haley, from Wikipedia

  • *known for "Roots"
    Kunta Kinte
  • Mary McLeod Bethune, from Living Vignettes of Notable Women from U.S. History

  • *learned of her for the first time at the Black Stuent Union Dinner at Old #1 in Morris, Minnesota yesterday (Monday, October 16th of 2007). It was a question the table I was sitting didn't know, but was given an answer to by a UMM History Professor to get our turn to get our food. Unfortunately our table was last to eat; however, I our table did get some answers to some trivia questions-didn't answer it on time!
    5 Minutes Bible Study - Our Best Defense

    "Our Daily Bread Be my rock of refuge, a fortress of defense to save me. �Psalm 31:2 In late January 1956, during the tense days of the Montgomery Boycott, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. could not sleep. A threatening phone call had terrified him. So he prayed, "I am here taking a stand for what I believe is right. But Lord, I must confess that I'm weak now, I'm faltering. I'm losing my courage. Now, I am afraid. . . . The people are looking to me for leadership, and if I stand before them without strength and courage, they too will falter. I am at the end of my powers. . . . I can't face it alone." ...
    *Martin Luther King Holiday is a celebration of all cultures (see Cultures, Ethnicities, Multicultural, Nationalities, Races, etc...)


  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

  • 'Americans will make it “a day on, not a day off” by delivering meals, refurbishing schools, reading to children, signing up mentors, and much, much more.."
    MLK Not Just A Holiday - Education Videos

    "Buy: Have we overly narrowed Dr. King's message to the "I Have a Dream" speech? Adam Taylor suggests that we pay more attention to Dr. King's rich legacy of prophetic activism."
    Happy Birthday (Tribute Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday) -- St

    "Music Video "
  • Martin Luther King Holiday, from

  • -Black History Month

  • Black History Month from

  • The History of Black History Month By Bob Kellemen | Founder and CEO, RPM Ministries Posted 9:53 am on February 01, 2012

  • Reconciliation, Black History Month and why “this race thing” matters Kimberly Davis 02/15/12
  • Missions

  • Black History month: Christian missionaries of African heritage,

  • What people of one racial background are doing to fulfill the Great Commission: Significant missions events in February involving African-Americans



  • Women Thou Art Loosed, an awesome movie dealing with a whole lot of issues (abuse, drugs/addictions, widows, poverty, etc..) by T.D. Jakes

  • Reviews: (1-interview w/T.D Jakes)(2-christian answers)
    The Gospel (2005)
  • The Gospel Movie

  • "A "must see" movie "
  • Mississippi Burning (1988)

  • *watched this for the first time back in high school during Social Studies. It was actually emotional at the time and still is. I remember watching in the classroom and many of my peers got very teary and mad during the lynching scenes against the "blacks". Then we all started to cheer during the counter attacks, which our teacher told us to calm down and not get too caught up. It was definitey an eye-opener on racism/discrimination back in the days. We just need to learn from the past and make sure it doesn't happen again with any group of people!
    Mississippi Burning Trailer

    "While FBI agents are presented as heroes who descend upon the town by the hundreds, in reality the FBI and the Justice Department only reluctantly protected civil rights workers and protesters and reportedly witnessed beatings without intervening"
    "On June 21, 2005 � 41 years to the day of the murders � Edgar Ray Killen was convicted of manslaughter in the 1964 slayings of the three civil rights workers, and was later sentenced to 60 years in prison.
    You Can Help Site-Action
    "Three high school students, Allison Nichols, Brittany Saltiel, and Sarah Siegel, with the support of the Chaney, Schwerner and Goodman families, worked with citizens throughout Mississippi, law enforcement officials, the news media, and Civil Rights Movement Veterans to try and get the case opened. They produced an award winning ten minute documentary for the National History Day contest and have done countless interviews on the case. They even interviewed Edgar Ray Killen, the man convicted as the organizer of the murders of Chaney, Schwerner, and Goodman. They even helped discover the long secret identity of the secret informer! If you'd like a copy of the documentary, please e-mail me. Tapes are free, but we do request that you make a donation to the Andrew Goodman Foundation. Mark it for "Film Project." This supports the making of a feature length documentary about the case. Please enclose a note and tell them we inspired you to donate!"
  • Rosewood (1997), from Warner Bros

  • *saw this movie for the second time (March 17th of 2007) and it was still painful & emotional to watch!
    "Powerful drama is a gut-wrenching recreation about the destruction of a once prominent black town. In 1920's Florida, the town of Rosewood is built on an uneasy alliance between black and white citizens. When an influential white woman makes a false accusation that she was raped by a black assailant, angry white citizens form a brutal lynch mob determined to either find the culprit, or coerce other black citizens into revealing his whereabouts."
    Real Rosewood
    "Author Lizzie PRB Jenkins is a direct Rosewood descendant. Jenkins first heard the story of Rosewood in 1943, at age five.
    This website as well as Jenkins' book The Real Rosewood Volume I are a compilation of years of research and devotion to disclose the true history of the 1923 Rosewood Massacre and to serve as the voice for justice of the survivors and descendants of those who suffered this historical tragedy."

    Remembering Rosewood
    *reffered A Roadmap to African American and Diversity Resources by Sherry DuPree on 3/19/07-personal e-mail reply!
    "The survivors listed below and their descendants were recipents of monies from the 1994 Florida State Rosewood Claims Bill. Residents and their descendants who were evacuated or not in Rosewood on January 1923, also received some compensation from the claims bill. Currently their are five of the ten listed survivors alive, and estimated 400 descendants to date. There may be other survivors and descendants that are yet not known to Rosewood Researchers."
  • Miracle at St. Anna, In Theaters September 26. A Spike Lee Joint. (2008)

  • *see GoodnewsEverybody: Italian
    Miracle at St. Anna - New Movie by Spike Lee (iHD)

    "Directed by Spike Lee Written by James McBride
    Miracle at St. Anna chronicles the story of four African-American soldiers who are members of the US Army as part of the all-black 92nd "Buffalo Soldier" Division that fought against the Fascists and Nazis in Italy during World War II.
    They experience the tragedy and triumph of World War II as they find themselves trapped behind Nazi lines and separated from their Squad after one of them risks his life to save an orphan Italian boy.
    Directed by Spike Lee from a screenplay written by James McBride, the author of the acclaimed novel of the same name, the film explores a deeply inspiring, powerful story drawn from history, that transcends national boundaries, language, race and class to touch the goodness within us all, the Human Race."

    Related Sites:
    Powells Books
    "Synopses & Reviews
    Publisher Comments:
    In Miracle at St. Anna, James McBride, the award-winning author of the critically acclaimed memoir The Color of Water, brings his celebrated talent as a storyteller to bear on an unforgettable novel about war, the bonds of love, and redemption. Drawing inspiration from the stories he heard as a child from family members who had fought on the battlefields of Italy and elsewhere during the Second World War, McBride's first foray into fiction is inspired by a historical incident?an unspeakable massacre in a small village in Tuscany, St. Anna Di Stazzema?and on the experiences of the famed Buffalo soldiers of the all-black, segregated 92nd Division.
    McBride tells the story of four GI's who find themselves cut off from the rest of their unit, the villagers with whom they take refuge, a band of partisans, and an Italian boy who teaches them about the power to love unconditionally, to forgive, to live after the worst of atrocities, and, most of all, the power?amid carnage and destruction?to believe once more in God's miracles.
    Layered with plot twists, storytelling, elements of magical realism, and McBride's keen ability to blend what a critic described as "humor and clear-eyed grace," Miracle at St. Anna is an absorbing, singular evocation of war, cruelty, passion, and heroism. It touches on the issues of race that followed these black soldiers from the Southern camps where they trained at home onto the battlefields where they were led by white southern officers; the conflict between the Italian fascists and the partisans and between the partisans and the Germans; the history and mythology of the region; the past's continued impact on the present; the confusion of war; and much more. Above all, it is a study of how human beings relate to one another while trapped within the confines of intense suffering, and it is a hymn to the brotherhood of man and the power to do good that transcends class, race, and geography. "

    Trailer, from
    Spike Lee film angers Italy's surviving partisans Wednesday October 1 12:46 PM ET (
    "Film director Spike Lee has set off a storm in Italy with a movie about black American soldiers fighting alongside Italian partisans in World War Two.
    Surviving members of the resistance to the Nazi occupation of Italy have taken issue with "Miracle at St. Anna" ahead of the film's Italian release on Friday, distributing protest flyers and accusing Lee of distorting history.
    Lee has said he wanted to set the record straight about the role played by black U.S. soldiers in the war. The film is based on a novel by James McBride and focuses on the all-black 92nd Buffalo Division which helped liberate Italy in 1944-45.
    At the heart of the dispute is the film's depiction of an infamous 1944 massacre in the Tuscan town of Sant'Anna di Stazzema, where Nazi troops rounded up and killed 560 civilians.
    In the film, the massacre is portrayed as a response to the actions of resistance fighters, with one of them betraying the town and colluding with the Nazis -- a version of events that has angered surviving partisans.
    Lee, who is in Italy promoting the film, has responded to the criticism in his characteristically feisty manner.
    "I would not allow anybody to tell me how to make a film, be it a partisan or the president of the United States," Lee told a news conference in Florence on Wednesday after a preview screening, according to Italian media.
    "This simply shows that in Italy the wound is still open. ... It is up to Italians to come to grips with their past, not up to me or James McBride or the film," he said.
    Members of the ANPI association of resistance fighters were not amused.
    "For Spike Lee the partisans who 'hit and then ran away' were responsible for the Sant'Anna di Stazzema massacre," ANPI said on its website.
    "Before shooting his film, the director should have read the truth about that horrible slaughter," it said, posting a copy of the 2005 verdict of an Italian military tribunal which convicted 10 ex-Nazi officers for the murders.
    (Reporting by Silvia Aloisi)"



    *see Bible

  • Negro Spirituals, lyrics in a-z order

  • *I was much exposed to this during Alpha & Omega when would sing various spirituals/hymnals (clapping, foot tapping, and shouting to the Lord!) on Friday evenings!
    Amazing Grace, by John Newton (Anointed Christian Links)

    "Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me.... I once was lost but now am found, Was blind, but now, I see.

    T'was Grace that taught... my heart to fear. And Grace, my fears relieved. How precious did that Grace appear... the hour I first believed.

    Through many dangers, toils and snares... we have already come. T'was Grace that brought us safe thus far... and Grace will lead us home.

    The Lord has promised good to me... His word my hope secures. He will my shield and portion be... as long as life endures.

    When we've been here ten thousand years... bright shining as the sun. We've no less days to sing God's praise... then when we've first begun.

    "Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me.... I once was lost but now am found, Was blind, but now, I see. "-from little leaf
    *see GoodnewsEverybody Issues: Slavery
    Related Sites:

  • Amazing Grace: The Story of America's Most Beloved Song, by Steve Turner

  • "Publisher Comments: Behind our most beloved song is a fascinating story spanning continents, cultures, and centuries. Inspired by the way "Amazing Grace" continues to change and grow in popularity, acclaimed music writer Steve Turner embarks on a journey to trace the life of the hymn, from Olney, England, where it was written by former slave trader John Newton, to tiny Plantain Island off the coast of Africa, where Newton was held captive for almost a year, to the Kentucky-Tennessee border and other parts of the South, where the hymn first began to spread."
  • Wikipedia

  • "John Newton(1725�1807) was on board a slave ship. On May 10th, 1748 returning home during a storm he experienced a "great deliverance[citation needed]." In his journal he wrote that the ship was in grave danger of sinking. He exclaimed "Lord, have mercy upon us!" He was converted, though he continued in the business of slave trading[citation needed].
    Many years later he left the slave trade and eventually became a minister. He still held investments in slave trading companies though, and socialized with old slave captain friends. Nor did he criticize slavery in his sermons until much later, long after he wrote the hymn.
    The now familiar and traditional melody of the hymn was not composed by Newton, and the words were sung to a number of tunes before the now inseparable melody was chanced upon.
    There are two different tunes to the words. "New Britain" first appears in a shape note hymnal from 1831 called Virginia Harmony. Any original words sung to the tune are now lost. The melody is believed to be Scottish or Irish in origin; it is pentatonic and suggests a bagpipe tune; the hymn is frequently performed on bagpipes and has become associated with that instrument. The other tune is the so-called "Old Regular Baptist" tune. It was sung by the Congregation of the Little Zion Church, Jeff, Kentucky on the album The Ritchie Family of Kentucky on the Folkways label (1958).
    Newton's lyrics have become a favorite for Christians of all denominations, largely because the hymn vividly and briefly sums up the Christian doctrine of Divine grace. The lyrics are based on 1 Chronicles 17:16, where King David marvels at God's choosing him and his house. (Newton entitled the piece "Faith's review and expectation".)
    It has also become known as a favorite with supporters of freedom and human rights, both Christian and non-Christian, as it is believed by many to be a song against slavery, as Newton was once a slave trader. This is however wrong since Newton had no problems with slavery when he wrote the hymn. The song has been sung by many notable musical performers, such as iconic folk singer and human rights activist Joan Baez.
    The hymn was quite popular among both sides in the American Civil War. While on the "trail of tears", the Cherokee (see Native American) were not always able to give their dead a full burial. Instead, the singing of "Amazing Grace" had to suffice. Since then, "Amazing Grace" is often considered the Cherokee National Anthem. For this reason, many contemporary Native American musicians have recorded this song.
    In recent years, this song has also become popular with drug and alcohol recovery groups, particularly the Christian ones. However, unlike the usual funeral singings, it is usually played at celebrations of those who "once were lost, but now are found."

    "Amazing Grace The Movie Trailer English"


  • Aretha Franklin - Go Tell It On The Mount & O Christmas Tree

    "Aretha Franklin - Go Tell It On The Mountain & O Christmas Tree at the National Christmas Tree Lighting during Clinton Presidency. She is a stunning woman."
    Related Sites:
    Go Tell It On The Mountain - Blind Boys of Alabama, from
    *this group came to Morris around 2005, which I wasn't able to see them live.
    GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN (Carlit Gospel Choir), from
    Agnes Monica & Indonesian Idol - Go Tell It On The Mountain, from
    "Indonesian Pop Princess Agnes Monica & troops of Indonesian Idol season 1 to 3 live performance at Bimantara Christmas party 2006



  • "How Islam is Winnning Black Americans", article interview with author Carl Ellis (books)
  • Social Issues

    THE BLACK HOLOCAUST PT.1, from EbonyNewsChannel October 14, 2009

    Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in America. 78% of their clinics are in minority communities. Blacks make up 12% of the population, but 35% of the abortions in America. Are we being targeted? Isn't that genocide? We are the only minority in America that is on the decline in population. If the current trend continues, by 2038 the black vote will be insignificant. Did you know that the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was a devout racist who created the Negro Project designed to sterilize unknowing black women and others she deemed as undesirables of society? The founder of Planned Parenthood said, "Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated." Is her vision being fulfilled today?"

  • Abortion Kills More Black Americans Than the Seven Leading Causes of Death Combined Karen Schuberg CNSNews October 23, 2009

  • "Abortion kills more black Americans than the seven leading causes of death combined, according to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 2005, the latest year for which the abortion numbers are available.
    Abortion killed at least 203,991 blacks in the 36 states and two cities (New York City and the District of Columbia) that reported abortions by race in 2005, according to the CDC. During that same year, according to the CDC, a total of 198,385 blacks nationwide died from heart disease, cancer, strokes, accidents, diabetes, homicide, and chronic lower respiratory diseases combined. These were the seven leading causes of death for black Americans that year. ..

  • Hillary Clinton Compares Margaret Sanger to Thomas Jefferson Infowars April 24, 2009

  • "..In 1939, Clinton’s heroine said:
    "We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social service backgrounds and with engaging personalities … We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population."...
    Margaret Sanger, a former Catholic, founded Planned Parenthood in 1916 and was notable during the eugenics movement that with its pseudo-science influenced state legislature and local jurisdictions to neuter young people deemed racially unfit. Nazi Germany’s racial policies and extermination of Jews and so-called “life not fit for life" were also influenced by the movement and the lead organization – the American Eugenics Society...
    Margaret Sanger referred to immigrants and Catholics as reckless breeders, writing in her book, Pivot of Civilization, "[They're] an unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all." (Sanger, p.187)..."

  • Modern Eugenics: How Abortion is Getting Rid of "Undesirables" by Rich Deem from

  • "..According to the authors, "Crime began to fall roughly 18 years after abortion legalization." Since 1991, homicide rates are down 40 percent, violent crime and property crime are down 30 percent. After controlling for other factors, Donohue and Levitt conclude: "Legalized abortion appears to account for as much as 50 percent of the recent drop in crime."..
    Examples of those favoring extermination of certain races is not just restricted to those who lived decades or hundreds of years ago. One particularly glaring example comes from James R. (Ron) Weddington, one of the co-counsels for Roe v. Wade, the famous Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion as a "right" in the United States. Weddington wrote to president elect Bill Clinton in 1992,5 advocating elimination of the lower class through birth control and abortion:...

  • The Genocide Awarenesss Project (Part 1), from

  • ""Several years ago, when 17,000 aborted babies were found in a dumpster outside a pathology laboratory in Los, Angeles, California, some 12-15,000 were observed to be black." --Erma Clardy Craven (deceased) Social Worker and Civil Rights Leader THE ORIGINAL VIDEO IS HERE: For Crisis Pregnancy assistance nationwide, call (800) 848-5683 or visit: online Abortion Breast Cancer Every day in the United States, 1,452 African-American children are violently executed...before they're ever born. The "Say-So" March is designed to draw annual attention to this shocking reality. Beginning in Newark, New Jersey and concluding two-days later on the steps of the Supreme Court, the "Say-So" March gives visual representation to the devastating impact abortion is having on the black community. Along the way, marchers have an opportunity to educate the communities they pass through as they carry graphic, 13-foot signs depicting both the historic mistreatment of born African-Americans, and the current mistreatment of unborn African-Americans. Black Americans represent 9% of the U.S. population (down from 12% in 1973, when abortion was legalized), yet 44% of all abortions are by Black Americans. (Planned Parenthood- Alan Guttmacher Institute, and the U.S. Center for Health Statistics), 1987) Mississippi State Rep. Hillman Terome Frazier explains this situation as a "lack of information", (Black Americans for Life Newsletter, Spring, 1990, p1). A 1993 study done by Howard University showed that African American mothers over age 50 were 4.7 times more likely to develop breast cancer if they had had any abortions compared to mothers who did not have an abortion. The study, as published in the Journal of the National Medical Association, established that mothers with at least one induced abortion have a consistently higher risk of developing breast cancer than those who had had no abortion. The study recognizes that this issue is "still highly controversial"; however, "our results indicate that induced abortions may significantly increase the risk of breast cancer in Black women...", (Journal of the National Association 85:931-939). Between 1882 and 1968, 3,446 Blacks were lynched. However, between 1973 and 1998 over 12 million Black children have been exterminated through surgical abortions. IT'S TIME TO STOP THE GENOCIDE!! (based on statistics from "Choice-A Threat to Racial Reconciliation" L.E.A.R.N. Conference 1998 pamphlet). "Yesterday they snatched babies from our arms and sold them into slavery, today they snatch them from our womb and throw them in the garbage." (Dr. Dolores Bernadette Grier, Vice Chancellor Community Relations, Archdiocese of New York) With 1/3 of all abortions performed to dispose of African American children, the U.S. abortion industry has received over $30,000,000,000 (yes, billion) from the Black community over the last 2 years. What if instead of paying for services to discard these children (including, over 40% of the time, a least one of their pre-born brother or sisters) into the garbage can, these billions have been invested into helping these children live and their families...? (African American Life Alliance) But you say you're "PRO-CHOICE"!!! There is a perception in the African American community, especially by many of our leaders that access to legal abortion is a right that must be protected regardless of the moral implications. Well, for us there was a time when we suffered under a legal right that was morally wrong. In the late 1800's, a "pro-choice" position supported the continuation of the legally-protected right to own slaves. Slavery was morally wrong even though it was legal and those who stood by and did nothing equally << less"
    Learn2Discern - Faulty Moral Radar, from

    The Tyra Banks Show - Virginity and Relationships

    "I was on The Tyra Banks Show and had the chance to talk a little bit about virginity and relationships. It was a circus to say the least!"

    Meet the Real Kristi Watts

    "The 700 Club producer turns the camera on herself as she shares her personal story of divorce and finding Christ's love."



  • Jackie Robinson biography

  • Theatre

    The JD Lawrence Show

    "Two Time, "Keep America Beautiful" National award winner JD Lawrence is the country\'s first African American playwright to receive two public performing arts Special Town Recognition awards, a County Legislature Distinguished Achievement award, as well as a certificate of special recognition from Congress. The Network Journal honored the acclaimed thespian as one of the country\'s top 40 African American entrepreneurs under 40. Lawrence has also performed over several hundred urban theatrical presentations across the country and is the creative force, outline and inspiration behind several groundbreaking urban films since 1990 grossing over $100 million in 2002 and 2004. The Telly award winning director\'s Off-Broadway production of Color Blind was the longest running Urban Theater dramedy in New York. The New York Times says "JD Lawrence\'s humor is slick, razor sharp and family oriented." Selected International benefit performances by JD Lawrence have helped to supply medicine for men, women and children in Africa. JD Lawrence the host for the American Gospel Music Awards will also be the host for the international World Fest in South Africa. Lawrence, the Grammy Award Winner\'s director, has worked with the likes of Stephanie Mills, Hall & Oates, Edwin Hawkins, Ronald Winans, Kenny Lattimore, Ashford & Simpson, Darius McCrary, Natalie Wilson, Latrice Pace, Tony Terry, Robin S., Chante\' Moore, Alyson Williams, El DeBarge, Letoya Luckett, Lisa D\' Amato and Camille McDonald "America\'s Next Top Model", Ronald Isley, Telma Hopkins, Willie Neal Johnson, American Idol judge Paula Abdul, and George Willborn just to name a few. Lawrence will be shooting his first film this year and finishing his highly anticipated novel "Behind The Cross". JD Lawrence is the finest example of a true well rounded, entertainer, philanthropist, humanitarian, and entrepreneur."

    Black Version of LightHouse Everything Drama

    "Hey we tried! We put on this re-enactment at the Youth Lock In... Ephesians 4:17-22 Please Let God Use You to do whatever he wants! He will NEVER Forsake You! Thank you Lighthouse, for Everything! =)"

    T.V. Sitcoms

  • "Good Times" (1974), from

  • "Life in the Chicago projects is never easy, However, the Evans family never gives up trying to make the best of things. While Florida and James struggle to provide for their family, their sons J.J., an aspiring painter, Micheal, the undying political crusader, causing trouble while their sister, Thelma, stands between them as the voice of reason. Living in the same building were Willona Woods, Florida's best friend from High School who provided support, love and gossip and Nathan Bookman, the overweight janitor who gave them grief and was the butt of alot of fat jokes, especially Willona who often referred to him as Buffalo Butt or Booger. Life, at least, is never boring while they fight to keep their heads above water and one day leave the projects, which they did in the series finale. Sadly, it was without James who was killed off in the 4th season. Written by Kate Tripper .."
    Black Jesus (Part 1 of 3)

    "This is from the 1st season of "Good Times" when the show was a lot more smarter and topical and less of JJ's buffoonery. One of my favorites! Subtitles in Spanish/Subtítulos en Español "

  • Cosby Show, from

  • "Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable was an OBGYN (obstetrician/gynecologist), and his wife Clair was a successful attorney. They had five children: Sondra, Denise, Theo, Vanessa and Rudy. Sondra was rarely seen during the first season because she was away at Princeton. She became a regular character in the second season, and was usually seen with her on-again off-again beau, Elvin...."
    The Cosby Show - Sit there until you eat them

    "Segment of the Cosby show "
    The Cosby Show From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    "According to TV Guide, the show "was TV's biggest hit in the 1980s, and almost single-handedly revived the sitcom genre and NBC's ratings fortunes".[1] Originally, the show had been pitched to ABC, which rejected it.[1] Entertainment Weekly stated that The Cosby Show helped to make possible a larger variety of shows based on African Americans, from In Living Color to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.[2] The Cosby Show was also one of the first successful sitcoms based on the subject matter of a standup comedian’s act, blazing a trail for other such successful programs as Roseanne, Home Improvement, The Drew Carey Show, Seinfeld, and Everybody Loves Raymond. The Cosby Show is one of only two American programs that have been #1 in the Nielsen Ratings for five consecutive seasons, along with All in the Family. The show spawned the successful spin-off A Different World.
    Having aired for 201 episodes, The Cosby Show is the third-longest running U.S. comedy with a predominantly African-American cast, surpassed only by The Jeffersons and Family Matters."

    The Cosby Show Season 2 Opening, from



    Martin Luther King Junior (King Center museum located in Atlanta, Georgia)
    *wife Coretta School King
    "I Have A Dream"


  • Black Military World
  • -WARS
    African Americans in World War II

  • Tuskegee Airmen Inc.

  • Wikipedia

  • "Prior to the Tuskegee Airmen, no US military pilots had been African American. However, a series of legislative moves by the United States Congress in 1941 forced the Army Air Corps to form an all-black combat unit, much to the War Department's chagrin. In an effort to eliminate the unit before it could begin, the War Department set up a system to accept only those with a level of flight experience or higher education that they expected would be hard to fill. This policy backfired when the Air Corps received numerous applications from men who qualified even under these restrictions."
    Christopher Newman: Tuskegee Airman (a brief documentary), from
    My Dad (Wilbur Dixon), Tuskegee Airman!
    Tuskegee Airmen Veteran Interviewed
    "Meet a member of this elite air crew who once battled in the skies over Europe in World War II and now keeps memories fresh for young soldiers in Korea"

  • African Outreach, stories from the UMM-Morris community
  • Missions

  • African-American Churches Called on to ‘Confront Low Participation in World Missions’, Sunday, October 24, 2010 By Dan Wooding Founder of ASSIST Ministries

  • " CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA (ANS) -- While African-American churches in the United States have very little participation in world missions, these congregations are uniquely positioned to have a big impact on global evangelism, according to Richard Coleman, an African-American evangelical leader and missions expert who attended Cape Town 2010: The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization (
    ..Estimates have showed African-Americans typically represent less than 1 percent of all full-time missionaries from the U.S. African-American churches have not been involved in cross-cultural missions for several reasons, according to Coleman.
    “Black churches must often help members of their own congregation with food, utility bills and other needs that majority churches don’t have to worry about to the same degree,” said Coleman in an interview. “It’s not a bad thing that black churches help their own communities,” he said. “They often have very different needs that force them to underemphasize world missions." ....

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