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They say the only thing constant, in life, is change. Life is full of changes and sometimes it can be difficult to adapt and move forward when we have become comfortable with the status quo. We often spend a lot of time working towards specific goals in our journey (education, marriage, homeownership, children, and career).
This past week we completed our 10th Annual Forgiving for Living Plus Awards where we honored six community leaders and presented seven young ladies with scholarships to help them on their journey to college. Throughout the day, several different individuals asked me about the meaning of our organization’s name and why we call it, “Forgiving for Living.”
Easter is the time of year when many think of Spring, new clothes, chocolate and bunnies. For Christians, it is the holiest of holy holidays. Of course, we also talk a lot about Christmas, which represents the time of Christ’s birth; but it is Easter, or what we call Resurrection Sunday, that holds the key to what makes Jesus both real and unique from other religious leaders, and also serves as the foundation and justification of our faith.
Black girls going missing” has been a subject of news headlines before. I’m sure many, if not all, of us remember when we stood in solidarity with families in Nigeria as we supported the #BringBackOurGirls campaign.
This week marks a time to celebrate the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez. In 2014 President Barack Obama proclaimed March 31st to be a Federal commemorative holiday celebrating the civil rights and labor movement activist Cesar Chavez. Chavez was an American farmworker who, over the years, became a civil rights activist. In 1962, Cesar Chavez and fellow activist Dolores Huerta co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, later becoming the United Farm Workers Union (UFW).
Did you know that the United States incarcerates more of its citizens than any other nation in the world? Statistics show that the United States accounts for only 5% of the world’s population. But it is responsible for almost 22% of the world’s prison population. If that wasn’t alarming enough, there are tremendous racial disparities within the U.S. criminal justice system as well.
The month of March is a time when women are celebrated and their achievements are highlighted. Whether we look back through history, look at the women in our family, or look at the woman standing next to us, we can see examples of how women make a difference and are carving out new paths each and every day. I think it’s wonderful that we have dedicated a special month to acknowledge the work and accomplishments of women.
The month of March is a time when women are celebrated and their achievements are highlighted. Whether we look back through history, look at the women in our family, or look at the woman standing next to us, we can see examples of how women make a difference and are carving out new paths each day. I think it’s wonderful that we have dedicated a special month to acknowledge the work and accomplishments of women.
This has been a season of mourning and saying goodbye to people that I love and who have made an impact on me in one way or another during my journey. What is also sobering is that several of these individuals were also my contemporaries. We were around the same age (give or take a few years), we worked together in the community and we had a commitment to making a difference in the lives of people whose paths we crossed.
We’ve all heard the saying that music soothes the savage beast. Well I would take that one step further and say that music can also heal the brokenhearted, give encouragement to those who feel down, and spark a memory that takes us to the moon and back.
How many of us really think about the various holidays we celebrate throughout the year? Do we take time to understand why we honor them or are they just an opportunity to take a day off from work? As we approach Presidents’ Day, the holiday has new meaning for me. The celebration of Presidents’ Day was originally to honor George Washington's Birthday; however, over the years the holiday evolved into the celebration of both Washington and Lincoln’s birthdays (both born in February) and has since become a day to honor Presidents of the United States in general.
During a season where love is commercially associated with hearts, flowers and candy, there are many people who thought they were receiving love, but have been manipulated and forced into a life of sex and human trafficking. This tragedy has no limits or boundaries on who it affects. No matter one’s socio-economic status, gender, culture, faith or age, there are many who have become trapped in a life they never could have expected.
During World War I Martin Niemöller was an officer in the German Navy who came to be an anti-Nazi theologian and Lutheran pastor. Initially he was a supporter of Adolf Hitler, but over time he turned away from his nationalist views and became one of the initiators of the “Stuttgart Declaration of Guilt.”
It’s been one week since the United States inaugurated its 45th President. And since then, there have been massive protests and marches across the country declaring dissatisfaction for our newly instated leader. I am grateful to live in a country where there is still freedom of speech. But after the dust from the protesting settles, whether or not we voted for him, we all must face the reality that a reality television star is now the Leader of the Free World. So how do we respond? What do we do when we feel our voice isn’t being heard?
As a little girl I used to hear my grandmother say that time flies. She would also say the older you get the faster it goes. Looking back close to a decade ago, I remember attending an event at the California African American Museum (CAAM) where a young Senator by the name of Barack Obama from Chicago came to town to speak and promote his book, “The Audacity of Hope.”
Most of us have heard the saying hail to the king. When we hear that phrase, we tend to think of either the king of a particular monarchy or the King of kings. As we approach Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday and national holiday I would like to shed light on some of his principles, philosophies and teachings. We are in a day and time more than ever when we will need to embrace his teachings of nonviolence, understanding the negative effects of racism and why we must learn to live in peace and harmony.
It is easy to get excited about the possibilities of a new year and what great things can be accomplished, but do we understand the price that goes along with achieving great things? Whether we decide to write a book, go back to school, run for office or make the decision to live a healthier lifestyle it will all take discipline and commitment among other things. We dream of being blessed in abundance without understanding the price or burden that comes along with the blessing.
The country is definitely split and there are even some families that stand on both sides of the fence. No matter how any of us feel we have to learn, adapt and accept the results of the election. I believe many of us will be challenged and we are going to have to really fall on our faith and values. The people have spoken and yet healing will still need to be done.