By Joel A. Bowman, Sr. In his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech of 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. used the phrase “the urgency of the moment.” As he spoke truth to power, enumerating various aspects of racial inequality, he … Continue reading The Urgency of the Moment: A Call for Christians to Confront Racism
By Joel A. Bowman, Sr. Southern trees bear a strange fruit, Blood on the leaves and blood at the root, Black bodies swingin’ in the Southern breeze, Strange fruit hangin’ from the poplar trees, Pastoral scene of the gallant South, The bulgin’ … Continue reading Why White Christians Must Learn About Lynching
The year 1968 marked the end of the Civil Rights Movement of the 20th Century. Through the blood, sweat and tears of African-Americans and their allies, much was accomplished during this era. Medgar Evers, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, Viola Liuzzo, … Continue reading Confronting Colorblind Christianity By Joel A. Bowman, Sr.
Panic Room is a suspenseful movie that was released in 2002. The plot involves a newly-divorced woman and her eleven-year-old daughter who move into a four-story brownstone in New York City. In the house, there is a panic room intended … Continue reading Panic Room: Coping With Racial Trauma & Violation
On January 6, 2021, I was in quarantine, after testing positive for COVID-19. I read and watched TV to pass the time. After flipping to CNN, I began to see early reports of the insurrection at the Capitol. I saw the … Continue reading Déjà Vu: The Recycling of the Confederate Flag