Month: November 2012

Month: November 2012

RETROSPECTIVE GRATITUDE: From the Roots of Ancient Africa to the Coastal Shores of America

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,I am the dream and the hope of the slave.I riseI riseI rise.   (Maya Angelou, “Still I Rise”) Before the Pilgrims During this Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, 2012, our worship services caused me to reflect on my independent studies in Ancient African History, many years ago. I recalled how I

SHADES OF A RAINBOW: America’s Slippery Slope of the “One-Drop Rule” and the “First Black President”

“The United States is the only country in the world in which a white woman can give birth to a black baby but a black woman cannot give birth to a white baby.”  (Stephan Thernstrom, Winthrop Research Professor of History at Harvard University) First, it began with the kitchen-table whispers of adults in various homes