The Rev. Dr. William Shaw, former president of The National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., address the congregation at Greater Galilee Missionary Baptist Church. Shaw served as the dynamic guest speaker during GGMBC’s 90th Year Anniversary Worship Celebration recently. The anniversary theme: Rich Past…Richer Future In Christ scripturally based on Psalm 91:1, Philippians 3:12-16, Colossians 2:2 and 3:16. (photo by Harry Kemp)
Archives for April 2010
Every year Americans face tax time with mixed emotions. For many people April 15 approaches more quickly than they would like, as they begin to realize that they have neglected to gather all of the information needed to complete their tax forms. The lines to various tax services are jammed packed until the last possible moments before the filing deadline.
The rush to prepare at the last possible moment can lead to mistakes and major filing errors. The wise thing to do is to ask for an extension.
There are times in our lives when we, for whatever reason, have not met or can not meet a deadline. There are times when we have procrastinated and caused our own negative situations. Yet there are other times when we legitimately found ourselves in a situation that we had no control over.
Too often, especially with the latter, we waste precious time trying to fix things in our own strength. We need the power of God to give us our desired outcomes. It takes the peace of God to allow us to rest in Him while everything is seemingly swirling around us.
There is a way of escape! Ask for an extension.
While an extension may not always be granted, humbling ourselves enough to allow someone else to know that we need assistance in getting a job done, or reaching an intended goal, is critical to our ultimate success.
In 2 Kings 20, we learn about Hezekiah. Hezekiah was a king and was a true man of God, but when he found himself in a dire situation he refused to accept a negative report and he asked God for an extension.
Hezekiah was about to die yet he turned his face to the wall and began to pray. When the Lord heard the sincerity of his prayer, Hezekiah was granted a 15-year extension of life!
What an awesome God we serve! If you need help to get your dreams accomplished, and you are completely out of ideas and strength, ask for an extension! God is more than able to grant you the grace that others often will not. Be encouraged and know that God desires to see you excel.
Don’t waste time, but don’t be consumed by it either.
Monday: Hosea 1
Tuesday: Hosea 2
Wednesday: Matthew 24
Thursday: Genesis 13
Friday: Luke 7
Saturday: Luke 8
Sunday: Head to Church
What does one say about his mother? There are no words in existence to describe you mom, but I’ll do my best.
You passed on a wealth of knowledge to me, spiritual as well as worldly, from the time that I was a child to adulthood.
I liked the way you walked, always proud with your head up high. I’ve since assumed the walk (ha ha) and continue to hold my head high wherever I go, thinking of the one who taught me.
I miss you and I will love you forever. Mom, you are the greatest!
Love your son, Eric and the family
Two factions of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference gathered Monday for separate meetings, hundreds of miles apart, with each group claiming to be the SCLC’s board of directors as the embattled 53-year-old civil rights organization struggles to survive amid legal woes and bitter infighting.
A few dozen participants arrived Monday for a two-day meeting at West Hunter Street Baptist Church in Atlanta as a separate group prepared to meet more than 200 miles away at a National Guard armory in Eutaw, Ala.
National SCLC spokesman Bernard LaFayette said Monday in Atlanta that an ongoing internal investigation has led much of the board to believe that the group’s ousted chairman and treasurer have mishandled at least $569,000 and more funds and individuals may be involved. The ousted chairman and treasurer have denied wrongdoing.
LaFayette said the inquiry should be completed in time for the SCLC’s annual convention in Atlanta this August. At the convention, the SCLC also expects to install its president-elect, the Rev. Bernice King, who was elected in October. She is the daughter the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., a co-founder of the SCLC.
It is not clear which group is in charge or authorized to conduct the organization’s business. The SCLC’s Web site lists members of the board of directors that are being contested. The group meeting in Atlanta said their rivals are improperly representing the SCLC. The Atlanta group said it planned to ask a Fulton County judge on Tuesday to intervene.
In a statement Monday, the Rev. James Bush – listed as acting president and recording secretary of the board – said the Eutaw group anticipated “a productive board meeting with detailed reports … and an informative, energizing training session for our chapter leaders.”
The statement said the board’s agenda would include the annual budget, committee appointments, internal investigations and the national agenda.
The Atlanta meeting appeared to have to have a similar agenda. LaFayette told those gathered in the basement of the Atlanta church that the organization had been weakened by the recent turmoil, but that they were not alone.
“We need to come together as a family,” LaFayette said. “We need to get ourselves prepared and repaired. That’s what we’ve been working on … The fight is not over. Your being here is going to make all the difference.”
The divide centers on the SCLC’s recently ousted chairman and treasurer, who are under federal, state and internal investigation over allegations of financial mismanagement involving more than $569,000. Earlier this month, 19 of the group’s 44 board members met and voted unanimously to get rid of the Rev. Raleigh Trammell of Ohio as chairman of the board and Spiver Gordon of Alabama as treasurer.
It is unclear whether Bernice King will participate in the Atlanta meeting, but LaFayette said she would be working with the board ahead of her installation as the group’s troubles work their way through the court system.
The SCLC was co-founded by ministers Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph David Abernathy, Joseph Lowery and others in 1957 and was a leading force in the civil rights struggle of the 1960s. The group’s general counsel, Dexter Wimbish, said the group is being “purified” and is at a critical point.
Gathered in the church where Abernathy once preached, the crowd answered with applause and amens as Wimbish told them their task was not just to fulfill the organization’s mission of “redeeming the soul of America,” but also to redeem the soul of the SCLC.
“It’s time for those who would pimp the organization to step aside,” Wimbish said. “But when they step aside, what do we have left? Despite what some may say, I believe the SCLC is here to stay. It is ordained by Christ, and it shall not fail.”
Chapter presidents were asked to discuss their needs and priorities with each other. Chairman Sylvia Tucker reassured the group that the SCLC was still relevant and viable after months of battling in the courtroom and the media.
“I got a feeling that everything’s gonna be all right,” Tucker said, invoking the spirit of King, their founding president. “We have to continue to keep his dreams a reality.”
Charles McClelland, bishop for the Wisconsin Northwest Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ, will be honored with the A Person for Others Award from the Marquette University Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences and the Marquette University Alumni Association in a ceremony on Thursday, April 22. McClelland earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Marquette in 1974.
After graduating from Marquette, McClelland allowed the Lord to direct his path and became pastor of Milwaukee’s Holy Cathedral Church of God in Christ. Soon after becoming pastor he founded Word of Hope Ministries, Inc., which offers hope and help through the Word of Hope Family Resource and Technology Center.
McClelland is a “servant leader,” providing substance abuse support programming, youth mentoring, individual and family counseling and job training and placement to those in need.
He became bishop of the Wisconsin Northwest Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ in 2008, assisting pastors in their efforts to meet the needs of their congregations.
Of his Marquette experience and winning this award McClelland said, “Growing up as the youngest of 10 children in a rural community where opportunities were limited, attending Marquette with its values strengthened the core values instilled in me by my parents. This award is a confirmation of my God given purpose and assignment.”
The Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Awards Ceremony is part of Marquette University’s Alumni Awards weekend, April 22-24, during which each college recognizes the contributions of its alumni and presents awards to those demonstrating exceptional achievement. For more information, visit www.marquette.edu/awards<http://www.marquette.edu/awards
“Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too?” finished second in last weekend’s film debut with $30 million. Amazing when you discover there were no advance previews or press but that is the way Tyler Perry, the world’s most successful entertainer this century releases his movies.
In this sequel to the 2008 “Why Did I Get Married?”, Perry again has written, directed, produced and stars in a highly enjoyable, action-drama that may have you hurting from laughter time and again. Well written and acted and with more surprises than usual in one of his films, this sequel is better than the original.
“Why Did I Get Married?”‘ was about four married couples taking advantage of a time-share in Colorado get together and examine their lives and where they were headed. The result was a divorce for Shelia (Jill Scott) from her abusive husband Michael (Richard T. Jones “Vantage Point”).
Now they gather again using their time-share privileges off-shore, after all it is supposed to be better in the Bahamas. Terry (Perry) and wife Dianne (Sharon
Leal) continue to project the perfect marriage. Can looks be deceiving?
Author and psychologist Patricia (Janet Jackson) is not following her own advice towards husband Gavin (Malik Yoba). Just what could this lead to? Then there is Angela (Tasha Smith “Couples Retreat”), who watches her husband Marcus (Michael Jai White “The Dark Knight”) like a hawk. There is definitely trust issues here.
As for Shelia, she and new husband Troy (Lamman Rucker) have even moved from Denver to Atlanta to be closer to her friends and family. The trouble is did they do the right thing? But that is not the only problem Shelia faces. Michael shocks everyone by showing up at the gathering. Just what is going on here?
Perry uses cameo appearances by Cicely Tyson and Louis Gossett Jr., as a married couple of 55 years to deliver his message on the bond of marriage. Will our couples listen?
Above average efforts by Smith as Angela, Jackson as Patricia and Perry as
Terry, lift the presentation to above average. Add several intense and humorous scenes that may truly amaze you, and this is a movie you may want to see again.
“Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too?” should be rated “R” but instead was given a “PG-13” for thematic material including sexuality, language, drug references and some domestic violence. Younger children should be left at home.
“Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too?” is two hours of mature entertainment that I am confident you will enjoy. That is why it receives my second highest rating of 4-J’s/Don’t miss it!”
Partner in Earth Week Bicycle Drive
High-Speed Ferry and local non-profit form partnership to encourage green travel in honor of Earth Week
The Lake Express ferry and Milwaukee Bicycle Collective will team-up during Earth Week to promote “green” travel by collecting gently-used bicycles for the inner-city residents of Milwaukee. In exchange for each donated bicycle, donors will receive a $50 certificate from the Travel Green Certified Lake Express ferry. The two organizations are partnering to encourage environmentally-friendly travel while also supporting the needs of the community.
“Lake Express is committed to offering Milwaukeeans fun, safe and convenient transportation options that respect and protect our environment,” said Ken Szallai, president of Lake Express. “By partnering with the Milwaukee Bicycle Collective, we are able to promote green travel while also supporting a worthy, environmentally conscientious organization that is committed to helping Milwaukee’s residents.”
The Milwaukee Bicycle Collective strives to provide an affordable resource for bicycle repair, and access to bicycle transportation that is otherwise not available for inner-city Milwaukee residents, while also encouraging environmentally-sustainable use and recycling of bicycle materials.
“The need for bicycles in Milwaukee’s inner city is always greater than the supply, so we’re excited about this year’s partnership with Lake Express,” said Will Kort of Milwaukee Bicycle Collective. “Lake Express has shown a continued commitment to employing environmentally sound practices, which line up well with our own principles.”
Lake Express first received the Travel Green Certification from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism in 2008. Since then, the ferry has been recognized for innovative green practices such as pumping all waste aboard the vessel into an on-shore sewer system, removing more than 25,000 vehicles off the road annually, meeting or exceeding all Environmental Protection Agency air quality standards, and more.
To donate a bicycle to the Milwaukee Bike Collective in exchange for a $50 certificate for the Lake Express ferry, donors can bring their gently-used bicycles to the Lake Express Ferry terminal located at 2330 S. Lincoln Memorial Drive between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday, April 19 through Friday, April 23. Limit of one certificate per dono
Benjamin Hooks, known for his fiery oratorical skills, who led the NAACP through the post-Civil Rights era, died Thursday, April 15. He was 85.
Dorothy Height, the head of the National Council of Negro Women, known for her hats and grace and determination, died Tuesday. She was 98.
Hooks was laid to rest Wednesday in Memphis, Tenn., where he died.
Hooks had been the executive director of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for 16 years and spoke about minority rights during a conservative political era.
A spokesperson for the N.A.C.C.P., said that Hooks died due to a long illness. Ulysses Jones, state rep. and a member of the church, where Hooks was serving as a pastor, said that Hooks passed away at his home in Memphis.
Hooks served as the executive director of N.A.C.C.P from 1977 to 1992 and it was under his tenure that the organization grew in stature. After his inclusion in the organization he said in an interview, “Black Americans are not defeated.”
Hooks labels himself as a “poor little ol’ country preacher’ but his long list of accomplishments speak for themselves. He oversaw the organization’s positions on assenting action, foreign relations with repressive governments and ever –changing domestic issues.
During his stay, Hooks also developed a bitter relationship with chairwoman Margaret Bush Wilson who later also accused Hooks of financial mismanagement. On the issue majority of the board directors backed Hooks and as a result he was never sacked.
“A hero, an icon, and a Memphis legend. He will be missed,” Memphis Mayor A C Wharton tweeted on the day of Hook’s death.
Hooks received the Presidential Medal of Freedom-the highest civilian award in 2007 by President George W. Bush.
Height, a pioneering voice of the civil rights movement whose activism stretched from the New Deal to the election of President Barack Obama, marched alongside Martin Luther King Jr. and led the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years.
She remained active and outspoken well into her 90s and often received rousing ovations at events around Washington, where she was easily recognizable in the bright, colorful hats she almost always wore.
As a teenager, Height marched in New York’s Times Square shouting, “Stop the lynching.” After earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from New York University, she became a leader of the Harlem YWCA and the United Christian Youth Movement of North America, where she pushed to prevent lynching, desegregate the armed forces and reform the criminal justice system.
One of Height’s sayings was, “If the time is not ripe, we have to ripen the time.” In the 1950s and 1960s, she was the leading woman helping King and other activists orchestrate the civil rights movement, often reminding the men heading not to underestimate their female counterparts.
Height dedicated most of her adult life to the National Council of Negro Women, where she first worked under her mentor, Mary McLeod Bethune, who founded the group.
Height took over in 1957 and led it until 1997, fighting for women’s rights on issues such as equal pay and education. She developed programs such as “pig banks” to help poor rural families raise their own livestock, and “Wednesdays in Mississippi,” in which black and white women from the north traveled to Mississippi to meet with their Southern counterparts in an effort to ease racial tensions and bridge differences.
Height received two of the nation’s highest honors: the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004.
In a statement, President Obama called her “the godmother of the civil rights movement” and a hero to Americans.
“Dr. Height devoted her life to those struggling for equality … and served as the only woman at the highest level of the civil rights movement — witnessing every march and milestone along the way,” Obama said.
Madison – Today, State Representative Tamara Grigsby (D-Milwaukee) applauded Senate passage of Assembly Bill 898, the Wisconsin Family Jobs Act, a bill that will expand job opportunities throughout Wisconsin.
The Senate approved the Wisconsin Family Jobs Act with a bipartisan 22-11 vote, highlighting the strong interest in the opportunities provided by this legislation.
“Jobs are priority number one,” Grigsby said. “Today, I am so proud to see the Wisconsin Family Jobs Act passed by the Senate and I thank the 22 senators who voted in favor of this bill for their leadership and support.
“This important job creating legislation is one of many steps that must be taken to keep Wisconsin strong and I am thrilled to see it move forward.”
The Wisconsin Family Jobs Act will present opportunities for both employers and those seeking employment by expanding two existing subsidized employment programs in the state.
Under the proposed legislation, an employer who hires an eligible participant in the Trial Jobs or Transitional Jobs program would receive a 100% wage subsidy at the minimum wage for the hours worked by that employee, up to 40 hours per week for a maximum of 1,040 hours-a maximum of six months.
The Wisconsin Family Jobs Act will utilize potentially untapped funds through the TANF Emergency Fund that was created as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Among other things, funding from the TANF Emergency Fund can be used to increase spending on subsidized employment programs.
As of April 9, 26 states plus the District of Columbia have received over $315 million for spending on subsidized employment. These states range from California and Mississippi to Indiana and Tennessee, highlighting the broad interest in using the TANF Emergency fund to create new jobs.
“A good job provides someone with the opportunity to provide for their family, invest in their community, and support our state,” Grigsby said.
“The Wisconsin Family Jobs Act will provide yet another way to increase opportunities for those seeking employment and at the same time give businesses and other employers the chance to expand their enterprise.
“I am proud to have authored this legislation and I am even prouder that this bill to create new jobs for people throughout Wisconsin has received overwhelming support in both the Assembly and Senate.”
Assembly Bill 898, The Wisconsin Family Jobs Act, has now passed both houses of the legislature and awaits the signature of Governor Doyle.
I have been asked by several readers who have been following my articles to provide information on healthy living, like what foods we should eat and other ways of becoming and staying healthy.
Instead of reinventing the wheel, I started looking at some of the work that has been done previously by others rather than reinventing the wheel. We have to understand our history to begin to deal with our current and future health needs.
There are many black scholars who have researched what we as a people need to do because they care about us and care about the state of the community. One such person is Dr. Barbara Dixon.
Dixon is a nutritionist who wrote a book, “Good Health for African Americans.” The things that she said in this book back in 1994 are still so meaningful today.
In her book, Dixon first talks about what she calls the major health elements that affect the lives of African Americans. They are as follows:
- Old traditions that influence the foods we choose and the way we prepare them. These can be traced back to Africa, through changes that occurred in early slave days in the American South, and into modern urban life.
- Modern eating habits. Studies show that what African Americans eat may be killing them.
- Genetic factors- specific markers that make blacks, like other groups, vulnerable or resistant to certain diseases. For example, why do well educated, affluent African Americans have soaring incidence of hypertension and heart disease? Or what is behind the “salt sensitivity” that causes many blacks to retain salt under stress rather than excrete it as most other populations do?
- Destructive lifestyle practices – smoking, alcohol, drugs—that come to define the self-image of too many African Americans.
- Black Stress: a steady, subdued rage that researchers now believe is the root cause of ill health. It can make hypertension and other diseases worse, or stimulate dormant illness.
- Cultural beliefs, folklore, and home cures, along with the well-documented negative approach of health professionals to black Americans, that influence the way we seek, find, and use medical help.
She discusses three distinct periods in our lives that have an effect on our health. She describes them as: 1) The African Chronicles; 2) Africans in Slavery; and 3) African Americans in the Twentieth Century. Obviously I cannot do her work justice in this small article, but I want to give you the highlights that I believe are so important for us to become grounded in making decisions to move forward with our lives.
- The African Chronicles: Most studies show that African Americans were healthier prior to coming to this country. (Even now, in 2010, studies continue to show that first generation African women who come to this country have birth outcomes similar to whites. However, after they have been here a while, their birth outcomes become very poor like African Americans who have been here for generations). Eating habits were different, with a higher tendency of eating more beans, fruits, yams, peanuts and not a lot of red meat, egg plant, whole grains, etc.
In the African Chronicles era, it is noted that we ate some fried foods, but not in large amounts and only ate two meals a day with less calories. (We know everything is supersized today). We obtained plenty of exercise. We were hunters and gathers, as the basis for food was agricultural.
- Africans in Slavery: Like other populations, Africans had certain resistance to disease. This was based on millions of genes, handed down though many generations. One physiological difference, perhaps a rapid evolutionary adaptation that occurred during the slave trade, which might have helped slaves survive the heat better, was an inherent ability to retain vital body salts. It may have helped protect slaves against dehydration, and heat stroke.
Slaves had poor nutrition, which led to lower immune systems. Dark skin does protect against sun damage, but does not absorb Vitamin D. Because slaves did not have access to fresh fruits the way they did in Africa, many children developed rickets called “weak bones.” Pork was the primary meat for the slaves.
- The Twentieth Century: Food remains scarce just as it did during slavery. African Americans experimented with wild vegetables such as dandelions greens, lamb’s quarter, marigold leaves, etc. Pork, especially salt pork, remained the primary meat for Black Americans.
The health of Black Americans after slavery continued to deteriorate. Black Americans were predicted to become extinct.
The use of salt in food has created a major health problem for African Americans in this country. The “salt sensitivity” is a genetic mutation in most Black people. It may have been a beneficial mutation that occurred thousands of years ago among people who survived the torrid African climate. Or it may have occurred in a period of rapid evolutionary adaptation that took place during the slave trade.
What this means is that for blacks instead of releasing sodium through sweat and urine, our kidneys retain salt. It helps the body conserve fluids. But when people with extremely high salt sensitivity began to eat more salt, the helpful mechanism became a disadvantage.
The other issue is obesity and diabetes. This had come as a result of a more sedentary way of life. We are no longer in the fields or doing a lot of direct labor. Both we have not cut back on how we eat or prepare our foods. We have food high in calories, salt, fats and sugar. We don’t need all this any more but we crave it, because it has become a way of life.
So now that we have the historical basis of our health problems, next week we will discuss realistically what to do about it. See you then!!!