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
America has moved from black and white to technicolor, HD, and 4K in a generation. Some want to take us back to black and white. Backing away can reveal the picture in 4k clarity. However, the fantastic little random dots … Continue reading Little White Lies, White Nationalism, and Christian Nationalism
In their book, Taking America Back for God, sociologists Andrew Whitehead and Samuel Perry define Christian nationalism as “a cultural framework – a collection of myths, traditions, symbols, narratives, and value systems – that idealizes and advocates a fusion of Christianity with American civic life.” Continue reading What’s Unchristian About Christian Nationalism?
Several years ago, we embarked on a vacation visit to family in Maryland and northern Virginia. Afterward, we decided to journey a little farther south to a nearby church conference that we had learned of while with family. Upon our … Continue reading Strange Fruit in Full Disclosure
The souls of Black children, inasmuch as their biological DNA, bear the marks of generations of the psychological lynching of Black identity through the whitewashing, suppression, and attempted silencing of Black Story. Continue reading Black & White: The Archetype of Lynching Children
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 life of a nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.” Fredrick Douglass Blackout: The effort to systematically erase memories of national history. This February, during Black history month, classrooms across the country are at risk … Continue reading The February Theme is entitled Blackout.
It’s 11:59 PM; revelers dot the avenues in each of the well-known and obscure taverns and watering holes. What’s the occasion, Marti Gras, the Superbowl celebrations? It could be, or it may be, it’s just another ordinary Saturday night in … Continue reading Admit it, Quit it, But for God’s Sake Don’t Forget it
Dr. Carter G. Woodson, founder of Negro History Week, wrote a masterpiece that is amazingly relevant today, The Miseducation of the Negro. The main thread running through the book is that much of our formal educational system often miseducates us … Continue reading The 3-Fold Miseducation of the Census