Category Archives: Commentary

Graduation time . . .

Of Webster’s many definitions of graduation we have chosen for this occasion, “To pass from one stage of existence, proficiency or prestige to a higher one.” In fact life itself is the process of continuous graduations. Throughout the nation this week in particular, we will be experiencing academic graduations on every scholastic level of our society, from pre-school through post grad status. Continue reading Graduation time . . .

Moving from Lament to Hope

by Deenabandhu Manchala,
Area Executive for Southern Asia

A couple of months ago, African students living in Delhi, India had to bear the brunt of angry mobs. The provocation was the result of a rumour that some African students living in Noida, a suburb, had sold drugs to a young Indian student who later died of overdose. The fact that an outsider, a black African at that, was the source of death seemed a good enough reason for a violent response. Similar incidents of attacks on African students are reported from time to time from other Indian cities. Continue reading Moving from Lament to Hope

Post Mothers’ Day reflections . . .

On last Sunday one of our nation’s most popular annual observances brought families together from coast to coast. Regardless of age, race or national origin, we all have one thing in common–a mother.

This observance is of particular significance to me as it was in the late evening of Mother’s Day, 1953 that I had to head out late in the night for Los Angeles General Hospital where my first born was delivered the next afternoon, May 11, 1953–a 9-lb 6 oz boy that was due in April! To date he remains cool, witty and laid back with his own successful photography business in LA centered around pre-school children–with whom he has amazing charm and wit enabling him to create fantastic poses. Continue reading Post Mothers’ Day reflections . . .

Moving from Lament to Hope

by Velda R. Love,
Minister for Racial Justice

This Sunday, May 14 is Mother’s Day. Some families will gather in sacred and holy places of worship to celebrate their mothers. Others will choose to take their beloveds to brunch or stay home and cook a great meal to commemorate the love, sacrifices, and memories of mothers still alive and those who have passed on. In some black churches Mother’s Day is extremely sacred. One does not have to be a biological mother to be honored. Recognition is also important for women who are godmothers, and caretakers of someone’s children within the community. Continue reading Moving from Lament to Hope

Be Still and Know…

Do you know who you are? Do you know what defines you?

“Do you know in what Dispensation ye exist? Have ye not heard that at the consummation of the ages there would dawn a Day the sum total of all former ages combined? THIS IS THAT DAY!

In the estimation of historians the academic, scientific and technological advancement of this Day far exceeds ALL FORMER AGES COMBINED! Continue reading Be Still and Know…