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My day began at 5:15 a.m. My attire had been preselected, my purse packed, and I had visited the salon for a hair appointment the night before. I was preparing to go to the White House for the second time this month. I was among those chosen to meet with senior staff of the Obama […] Read More

(RNS) Thomas A. Farrington isn’t looking for cards or a tie this Father’s Day. What he really wants, he says, is for other black men sitting in the pews with a prostate cancer diagnosis to know they’re not alone. Two years ago, Farrington, the founder of the Boston-based Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN), launched Father’s […] Read More

What if the leaders of nine major black denominations came together to work for the betterment of their collective churches and the African-American community?   What if their 50,000 congregations ramped up advocacy efforts in their communities in the areas of economic empowerment, social justice and public policy, education and health?   What if this […] Read More

(RNS) Adding faith to the exercise regimen of African-American women may prompt them to be more fit, a UCLA study shows. Researchers studying black women from three Los Angeles churches who participated in faith-based physical activity found the women increased their walking by about three miles per week. The study results, published this month (October) […] Read More

An award-winning documentary and a panel of Baptists of color will headline the Baptist Center for Ethics’ annual luncheon at this year’s General Assembly of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship scheduled for July 2 in Houston, Texas.   BCE will offer a partial screening of its DVD “Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism.”   After the […] Read More

Southern Baptist editor Kelly Boggs’ recent column in Baptist Press reveals why white conservative Christians are not taken seriously in needed discussions about race. The editor of the Louisiana Baptist Convention newspaper, Baptist Message, addressed the controversy over a political cartoon in the New York Post that many considered offensive ”believing it to portray President […] Read More

Laura Cadena, a fifth-generation Tejana, recalls a story about when her grandmother moved from Laredo to Dallas, Texas: “She remembers getting on a bus and the sign saying ‘Whites Only’ or ‘Blacks Only,’ and she didn’t know where she was supposed to sit.” Javier Elizondo, who moved to Texas from Mexico when he was 15, […] Read More