From Slave to Bishop

Who was Richard Allen?  He was America’s first black bishop.  He was born to parents who were slaves. Soon after the family was sold to a Delaware farmer.  Richard faced racism, cruelty and inequality.  He wasn’t educated and anything he wanted to undertake he needed his master’s permission.  His master, in order to pay his …

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Medical Care Racism

Image by Shutterstock One would think that a baby, no matter the race, would get the optimum care at a hospital but that's sadly not the case. A study has recently shown that black babies fare better, have a better chance of survival when in the care of a black doctor. And according to a …

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International Women’s Day 2022

Ever wondered how International Women's Day began? Well, the woman behind the annual day of recognition of women was Theresa Malkiel, a Russian-born Jewish woman living in New York City. As head of the Woman's National Committee of the Socialist Party of America (SPA), she established an annual National Woman's Day which was the precursor to International Women's Day. Theresa …

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Pike’s Purchase

Passenger Angus Pike stood on the deck of the Unicorn, his blue eyes scanning the horizon.  All around him the sea stretched out endlessly.  It lapped against the capricious vessel as it headed to Liverpool. Below, in his cabin, cowering, was the young slave woman who was to be his wife’s maid and his lover. …

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Shepherd’s Pie, Winter Olympics & The Next Door Neighbor

Thorsten Middleton thankfully let himself through the front door of which was once his family home and after removing his boots, he headed straight to the kitchen where he knew he would find his mother. She was just taking a tray of biscuits from the oven. After setting the tray down on the counter, she …

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God’s Call to Love Others

“Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Execute true justice, Show mercy and compassion Everyone to his brother.  Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, The alien or the poor. Let none of you plan evil in his heart Against his brother’ - Zechariah 7:9-10, NKJV How we treat others is very important to God. He doesn't ask …

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Reckless

Amy Hester "Hetty" Reckless had the temerity to say that she had been emancipated by her previous owner when she and her daughter fled to Philadelphia in 1826.   As she boarded the stagecoach like everybody else, she resolved not to return because Colonel Johnson’s second wife had knocked out her front teeth with a broomstick …

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Against All Odds

Today marks the annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This day is geared towards helping us to understand the challenges people with disabilities face and to support their dignity, rights and well-being in our communities, workplaces, institutions of learning, etc. This year's theme is: “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, …

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Thankful…For What?

Getty Image It's Thanksgiving. What do I got to be thankful for? Another year of abuse from a man who's no good? Should I be thankful that I lost another baby cause he knocked me about and that child going to see its father beat its mother like other kids do? Should I be thankful …

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VP Kamala Harris’ Message

For over 30 years, Futures Without Violence has been providing groundbreaking programs, policies, and campaigns which empower individuals and organizations working to end violence against women and children around the world. It is a health and social justice nonprofit and its mission is to "heal those among us who are traumatized by violence today – and …

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