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12 Years a Slave: Man’s (and Woman’s) Inhumanity to Humanity

12 Years a Slave: Man’s (and Woman’s) Inhumanity to Humanity

Recently I joined members of my family to view the new movie “Twelve Years a Slave” directed by Steve McQueen and starring Brad Pitt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o, and an overall stunningly talented cast. Warning: film contains visually graphic images, violence, some nudity. While I actually wasn’t emotionally prepared to see the movie, I am convinced that it should be considered an essential finale to an erstwhile trio of “Lincoln”, “Django” and now “Twelve Years a Slave”. This could be…

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Become An Abolitionist! Help us #AbolishAbortion

Become An Abolitionist! Help us #AbolishAbortion

Another Juneteenth is just around the corner, June 19, 2013, and the babies in the womb are still not free. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half…

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A Tale of Two Movements: A Women’s History Month Reflection

A Tale of Two Movements: A Women’s History Month Reflection

Oppression of women and children is not new to America. In the midst of the 21st Century battle for the children in the womb and the women and mothers who are harmed by abortion and dangerous contraceptives, it seems fitting to remember the valiant freedom fighters and abolitionists who fought for freedom in the previous centuries. In the past, two American movements, The Abolishment of Slavery of Black People and The Women’s Suffrage Movement grew along together. Slavery as a…

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When a Nation Becomes Obsolete

When a Nation Becomes Obsolete

A few days ago, a person who is a highly respected professional shared a series of blogs with me. The title of the first article, “With no more cotton to pick, what will America do with 40 million black people?” resonated in my being, again. Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics asks virtually the same question in his best selling documentary Maafa 21. I found this observation chilling in Maafa 21, and just as disturbing by this new release of information…

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Racism, Slavery, Sexual Immorality and Abortion

Racism, Slavery, Sexual Immorality and Abortion

Luke 4:18-19 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Our good friend Dr. Karen Stevenson, MD, a pro-life advocate, has written an insightful paper that confirms new views on the connection between racism, slavery, and abortion. While…

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RUNAWAY SLAVE: A Must See Movie

RUNAWAY SLAVE: A Must See Movie

My good friend C. L. Bryant’s new movie, RUNAWAY SLAVE, is finally being released on July 27, 2012 in selected theatres. Here is what they say on their website about the movie: As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in the summer of 1963, he delivered one of the most powerful speeches in our nation’s history. Known for its famous line, “I have a dream,” Dr. King concluded his speech with these words:…

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Lift Every Voice and Sing

Lift Every Voice and Sing

As we come to the end of “Black History Month,” it seems fitting to share the lyrics to the “Negro National Anthem” written by James Weldon Johnson as a poem to honor Booker T. Washington. Later, James’ brother John set the poetry to music. When I was a little girl in the 20th century, we sang the song at school, church and other public events, and sometimes at home. The song isn’t just poetic, it is prophetic, in that it…

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