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The U.S. is stretched and pulled by the unavoidable differences arising from our cultural, racial, historical and personal experiences. A naming controversy over an infamous Alabama bridge illustrates the polarities dividing us. […] Read More

While the Supreme Court ended public school segregation in 1954, a new segregation has emerged, separating the privileged from the poor and powerless. Here are 7 ways to turn the tide. […] Read More

The world witnessed a beautiful example of a truly integrated and diverse worship experience through the wedding of Prince Harry and now Princess Meghan Markle. Each element of the service was beautifully and uniquely balanced between the two cultures of Harry and Meghan. Choirs, musicians, preachers, readers and readings, hairstyles, outfits and guests – all […] Read More

The national news has covered recent incidents involving African-American persons being physically and verbally assaulted, bullied, disturbed, falsely arrested, harassed and questioned. This treatment is not the result of crime, but of doing things considered normal in any other context or culture, that is, barbecuing, eating, shopping, sitting on one’s porch, sleeping, vacationing. Persons would […] Read More

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove urges readers to recognize and address our racial habits in his recent book, “Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion.” “Change your racial habits and you change the way you see the world,” he asserts. In stunning language, Wilson-Hartgrove writes of the internalized arrangement that socially colored white people must make in […] Read More

Some say, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” But I would beg to differ when it comes to Internet searches of the word “community.” I was shown stock photos, clip art and logos. According to Google, community is staged, simple or a symbol used to identify an organization. I’ve given the entire collection nine […] Read More

Living in the South during Jim Crow days, though certainly less restricted than during the time before emancipation, was fraught with danger for people of African heritage. Even though I grew up in those days, my “white” world in southwestern Virginia rarely intersected with those outside the segregated circle in which I lived. The only […] Read More

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” one of the classic documents from what many interpreters see as a significant turning point in the public consciousness toward the systemic injustice that was being brought to light by the courage of countless of its victims and their advocates. […] Read More

JERUSALEM (RNS) Ultra-Orthodox leaders on Tuesday (Sept. 28) removed barriers separating men and women from a Jerusalem street after Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled that the tall screens were illegal. Representatives of the Eda Haredit, an ultra-Orthodox organization that enforces modesty, erected the barriers in the religious neighborhood of Meah Sha’arim at the start […] Read More

Wendell Griffen grew up in Delight, a small town in southwest Arkansas. But as far as education, it was no delight.   Griffen – formerly a judge on the Arkansas Court of Appeals and now pastor of New Millennium Church – was bused to elementary school and initially to a high school in Okolona, several […] Read More