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As part of our Black History events during February, we always host a family dinner. It is usually called Family History or Family Legacy Night; it invites all families to contribute some food that was/is part of their family history. Of course, we have great offerings of greens, corn bread, chicken, sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, peach cobbler and many other delicious items. As the dinner is finishing, spirituals and civil rights songs are sung. Adults contribute to stirring conversations about meals and foods as they were growing up. Each year we hear wonderful stories about gardens, killing hogs, canning beans, favorite family foods and celebrations. (I often tell the story of my mother’s priority that our family meals always be happy and peaceful. No scolding until later—and everybody had to help.)



The other day, I was doing a transaction at the local gas station. It was taking an extremely long time. I was getting anxious about the long line taking shape behind me. I turned to the gentleman just behind me and told him I was sorry this was taking so long. He replied with a smile, “I have time…I have plenty of time. Don’t you worry.” (And as I was leaving, he blessed with the beautiful greeting I hear so often in Detroit: “You be careful out there. Watch your back.”)


The Hard Questions

Often during the months of January and February, we discuss the people and events of African American history in our Rosa Parks after school program.


A Peaceful Environment

Today at prayer, we were sharing thoughts about Martin Luther King, Jr. with a backdrop of Isaiah, Chapter 58. The focus was on the promotion of acceptance and mutual respect in the context of human diversity. One of the men in the group of about a dozen said that he has been in places where he felt tension in the air and felt at risk just being there.