Archive for October, 2009

Music and the message…

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Someone said that the sheep need to hear their shepherds sing… That could be so. At any rate, in the Old and New Testament of the BIBLE, we are encouraged to sing and make music. Music helps to calm the soul and spirit, and prepare hearts to hear the message. The world and the devil use music very effectively. Often, we relegate music to entertainment or something. Music is a WEAPON and effective TOOL in praise and worship. Praise stills the mouth and tactics of the enemy! Some of us already have artistic projects, albums, etc. Are we using them to the max in our work? I’m not, but I’m trying. Hopefully, we can all start producing more, music, documentaries, feature films, reality shows, visual arts, etc.
If you haven’t heard yet, Arnold Culbreath is on CDBABY.com with a new album. It is a beautiful project! Also, Alveda will be on DCBABY in a couple of weeks. Over the years, I have often spoken and would sing acapella. People would ask me for an album, and finally, God blessed me to do one. Later, I released the Latter Rain Project, and the title song has been on youtube for a while. Now, For the Lord is Here is there in the Priests for Life Youtube folder as well. I have recently added Donald Lawrence’s I Speak Life to my www.africanamericanoutreach.org page. All of this is out there. I’m saying all of this to say that many of us are musical, and we know the value of music to the prophetic ministry. This is a heads up word of encouragement. If you are already using music, youtube, facebook, twitter, etc. to promote the message, please do. Over at Priests for Life, www.rachelsvineyard.org is the leader in the musical campaign. They have several music videos on their site. African American Outreach is building a library. If you sing or play instruments, or write poetry or have artistic gifts (including visuals), please consider recording, painting, computerizing, etc. Also, when I do a short message on youtube, I am beginning to add music under it. I want to encourage everyone to get into the studio and use the gifts and talents to further promote the message. Here are just a few examples. The young people seem to pick them up and enjoy them. Peace and love.

http://www.priestsforlife.org/video/index.aspx?flv=ispeaklife

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Marriage Matters to Kids:

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Just following up on my visit to the Hampton U Marriage, Family and Parenting Institute headed up Dr. Linda Malone-Colon. I was going through some files, doing some research and came across Marriage Matters to Kids. More and more, it seems like if we get back to the original blueprint of a man and a woman marrying, loving each other, having children, loving and nurturing those children, there would be less violence in the world. Seems like the children understand this better than most people do… Check out this website:

http://marriagematterstokids.org/

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Ohmygosh!: Now Ken Blackwell is labeled a racist? What next? Are prolife African Americans Uncle Toms and Aunt Thomasinas?

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Please check out this blog, and the one by Catherine Davis too. Alveda

http://saynsumthn.wordpress.com/2009/10/06/african-american-ken-blackwell-responds-to-charges-of-%E2%80%98racism%E2%80%99-for-opposing-obama%E2%80%99s-politics/

http://talkaboutitcd.blogspot.com/

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1891: correction to Civil Rights battle for sanctity of life expands to include marriage, family and parenting

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Freedwoman Mary Park taught children in 1891, not 1981.

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Hampton, VA: On the beautiful campus of Hampton University in Virginia, a valiant group of multi-ethnic leaders gathered this week to discuss the state of marriage in America, specifically marriage in Black America; and to sign a related declaration at the site of the historical “Emancipation Oak” where freedwoman Mary Peak taught children of former slaves in 1891. It was noted by Dr. Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach of Priests for Life and Founder of King for America, that the marriage, family and parenting efforts also have the impact of lowering abortions because women who are supported by men who engage positively in marriage and fatherhood have help in bearing the burdens that parenthood can impose on a woman alone. “This fatherhood support, plus the awareness and support of social systems that support healthy marriages will have positive impact on negating abortions in our current civil right fight for the sanctity of life,” said Dr. King.
Dr. Linda Malone-Colon, Executive Director of The National Center on African American Marriages and Parenting planned and delivered (with an extraordinary group of her professional peers, students and friends) a two day dynamic conference that ended not only with hope, but with motivation and activation of the new Marriage Index (availabe at https://secure.hamptonu.edu/contribute/ncaamp/) More details also available at:
http://www.todaysdrum.com/8486/hampton-u-opens-national-center-on-african-american-marriages-and-parenting/

Prolife activist Pastor Stephen Broden was a panelist at the conference, and Alveda King was on hand to engage in positive dialogue. The august body of leaders dialogued and sometimes debated about whether abortion and gay marriage belonged in the discussion, but a general consensus seemed to agree that it was appropriate to at least discuss the abortion and gay marriage situations in context with the issues facing the African American family. Dissenters who called some issues including abortion, gay marriage, poverty and high rates of incarceration in the Black Community peripheral or non-related to the marriage debate were in the minority. One panelist even warned against a “silo” approach, isolating one’s personal or what they consider the “main issue” from the big picture. Cultural diversity tempered with collective reasoning was the tone of the day.

The purposeful conference ended with remarks by Hampton President William Harvey commending honorary chairmen Former National Football League coach Tony Dungy and Chick-Fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy and his sons, Donald and Bubba; the organizers, and the diverse group of more than 100 religious leaders, psychologists and other counseling professionals, public health workers and others affiliated with groups that range from the conservative Focus on the Family to the Omega Psi Phi black fraternity, for their participation.

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Tragic Chicago gang slaying reminds us of how precious life can be…

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Ruben Obregon at Priests for life writes about the tragic Chicago gang slaying…

http://www.prolifeblogs.com/articles/archives/2009/09/gang_kills_blac.php

Gang Kills Black Teen in Chicago – Over 159 Black Children Killed Weekly in Cook County
Last week in Cook County, Illinois, Derrion Albert, 16, was murdered after being in the wrong place at the wrong time as a gang fight broke out. What a tragic death for a kid who had a promising future.

As a father, my heart goes out to his family – I couldn’t even imagine what they must be going through.

Unfortunately, Derrion wasn’t the only black child killed last week in Cook County – an estimated 159 unborn children of color were also murdered last week – not by street gangs, but by gangs of doctors and nurses.[1] Like Derrion, they had promising futures that were brutally aborted. And like Derrion, they weren’t potential humans, or 3/5ths humans, but rather, they were humans with lives full of potential.

Fox News Chicago aired a brutal and graphic video of Derrion’s murder. Now that they have set a precedent of showing a brutal killing over the airwaves, it’s time for Fox to show how brutal abortion really is.

The Fox news clip can be viewed at:

http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/metro/video_derrion_albert

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[1] According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, 22,296 abortions were performed on residents of Cook County, accounting for approximately 57 percent of all abortions performed on residents of that state.. Based upon published statistics, black women account for 37 percent of abortions. Given these statistics, it is possible to guesstimate the number of black children killed by abortion on weekly basis: ( 22,296 *.37) / 52 = approximately 159.

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