Why is black history so important?
Black history is valuable for the accurate relearning of information that has been taught inaccurately by systemic racism. Black history is important to encourage African Americans in their identity deficits.
Black history should be the opportunity for the pursuit of truth that every believer should have. This history should be understood not just for the sake of knowledge but also for the sake of intimacy. Without a heart for truth we have been unable to understand the weight of long term sustained trauma. The still untreated trauma of the failure of slavery reconstruction, Jim Crow laws, and the systematic oppression in our current reality has impacted our entire nation.
Celebrate Black people, Black history, Black achievement, Black culture, Black theology, and Black progress.
Every year during Black History Month I challenge myself and those closest to me to go deeper in understanding Black achievement and to affirm the God given dignity of Black people. Generally, we as Black people are faced with racial difficulty, and by necessity are fighting for our place in the world. Dr. King said, “freedom is never given voluntarily by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” This demand for justice and liberation often precludes us and those around us from celebrating, honor, and reflecting on our progress. THIS. MUST. CHANGE.
Psalms 133 has been on our hearts lately at One Race; “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”
In “These United States”, the church is far from the statement of David to the people of Israel. We are clearly not one race, as God originally intended, and recent events only reinforced the division that exists because of the sin of white supremacy.
What transpired January 6th, 2021 was not surprising to people of color. It just merely revealed what they’ve known and have been saying for hundreds of years. (more…)
There are many misconceptions about Black women. Apparently, we come off as too aggressive, strong, and domineering; so I’ve been told. It is not uncommon for black women to feel like they have to make others feel comfortable when they’re in a group. The stories I have heard from the women of color I know is that they have to dampen aspects of their personality to fit in, whether it be the workplace or in ministry. (more…)
It was to be a significant event in which I was humbled to be invited to support. Pastor Arthur Breland of United Church had been meeting with community leaders, neighbors, and the city of Atlanta to help change the name of the street, which his church sits on from Confederate Ave to United Ave. Arthur, who’s African-American had no desire to pastor a church that sits on a street named after a rebellious nation that was founded upon white supremacy. (more…)
Recently, I was asked to write down some thoughts concerning what the March on Atlanta meant to me. I am sure the March had a profound impact on many. As a Latino man married to a black woman with 2 “mixed” kids leading a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic church, it was powerful, hopeful, and sobering. (more…)