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Amanda Gorman, my grandma and the Black tears we cried

By Danté Stewart — January 21, 2021

(RNS) — ‘We been in a rut, and we been in a rut for a long time now, but history is being made today,’ Grandma said to me on the phone as she watched the inauguration.

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Joe Biden’s family Bible anchors faith-infused inaugural events

By Adelle M. Banks — January 19, 2021

(RNS) — Beyond the invocation and benediction at the inauguration itself, unofficial events will mostly be online and far different from the festivities of previous years.

This MLK Day, white evangelicals again have a choice to make on racial justice

By Jemar Tisby — January 18, 2021

(RNS) — Those who wish to learn from MLK’s legacy must also ask if they are willing to listen to the modern-day prophets of racial justice.

Black churchgoers report powerlessness in politics, agency in Black congregations

By Adelle M. Banks — January 18, 2021

(RNS) — Researchers say that the Black church may be providing a respite for Black people who feel they do not have sufficient political power.

What Andrew Young taught me about keeping King’s movement going

By Maina Mwaura — January 17, 2021

(RNS) — What we celebrate on Martin Luther King Day is not the overcoming, but the struggle.

Ahead of inauguration, faith leaders urge devotees in state capitols to take precautions

By Jack Jenkins — January 16, 2021

WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘We strongly encourage you to be attendant to all safety concerns for ministers and congregations,’ read a statement from the United Church of Christ.

Martin Luther King Jr. faith events continue in time of COVID-19 and Capitol chaos

By Adelle M. Banks, Alejandra Molina — January 15, 2021

(RNS) — Many online gatherings that mark King’s birthday and the holiday in his honor will apply his messages to the current crises the country is facing.

Moms of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and James Baldwin portrayed in new book

By Adelle M. Banks — January 15, 2021

(RNS) — The book by Anna Malaika Tubbs about Alberta King, Louise Little and Berdis Baldwin provides details of their lives of faith, discipline and sacrifice.

How the Ebenezer Baptist Church has been a seat of Black power for generations in Atlanta

By Jason Oliver Evans — January 15, 2021

(The Conversation) — One cannot appreciate the importance of MLK Day without understanding the tradition which formed one of America’s most influential civil rights leaders.

LA clergy look to hold city officials responsible for allowing Sean Feucht’s Skid Row event

By Alejandra Molina — January 14, 2021

(RNS) — On Wednesday (Jan. 13), Clergy for Black Lives hosted a virtual news conference on Zoom to condemn the ‘white supremacist violence and heretical Christian prophecy’ in the nation’s capital and in downtown LA.

James Clyburn to propose designating ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ as the national hymn

By Adelle M. Banks — January 13, 2021

(RNS) — The Democratic congressman from South Carolina said elevating the hymn — often described as the unofficial ‘Black national anthem’ — could be an act of healing.

For insurrectionists, a violent faith brewed from nationalism, conspiracies and Jesus

By Jack Jenkins — January 12, 2021

WASHINGTON (RNS) — As insurrectionists began the attack on the Capitol, a banner waved above the throng. It read: ‘Proud American Christian.’

Southern Baptist leaders meet after critical race theory document caused controversy

By Adelle M. Banks — January 8, 2021

(RNS) — African American leaders and seminary presidents said they had an ‘honest and open conversation’ during the virtual meeting earlier in the week.

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