Each of us plays a very special part in the world's spiritual evolution, though we may not be in the first 100. We are role models in every aspect of our lives. What we believe and the actions we take, teach our families, friends and observers. That could be a negative teaching or a positive.
Nearly 40 percent of Americans have passports, and international travel continues to increase — especially among millennials. But the destinations tend be places where we are not challenged by differences in culture or lifestyle: 55 percent travel to Canada or Mexico; less than 1 percent to Africa.
For two hours on a recent Tuesday morning, I sat in on what is called Turnaround Tuesday — a creation of various city and citizens organizations. Seventy five residents were in their chairs at 9:00 a.m. sharp to participate in a program that was one part AA meeting, one part religious service, one part boot camp, one part job-preparedness training and all parts remarkable.
The Black Panthers were lovers of humanity who sought to realize the Social Gospel: to heal the sick, give sight to the blind, comfort the broken-hearted and set the prisoners free. The party is no more, but that hope will not — must not — be lost forever.
Under the leadership of director Eric Conway, the Morgan State University Choir has reached many milestones, from performing at Carnegie Hall to singing "Happy Birthday" to Nelson Mandela in South Africa.
That the Jewish Museum of Maryland, located in a predominantly black area of Baltimore, would host a Paul Simon exhibit makes sense. As one of many Jewish-American artists deeply immersed in African-American art, sometimes problematically eclipsing their influences, it is an ideal location to explore his tangled iconography, even if the exhibit itself, "Paul Simon: Words + Music" curated by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and on view through Jan. 16, is reminiscent of a themed bedroom at the
This week 53 years ago, former Vice President Richard Nixon was defeated in the race for governor of California; Ted Kennedy was first elected to the Senate from Massachusetts, Nelson Mandela began a prison sentence in South Africa; Eleanor Roosevelt, former first lady, died; "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" topped the box office and the following songs were the most popular in the U.S., according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.
Suheil Badi' Bushrui, a distinguished author, professor, and advocate for peace, who first held The Bahá'í Chair for World Peace at the University of Maryland, College Park, died congestive heart failure on Sept. 2 at the Kettering Medical Center in Dayton, OH. He was 85.
Graca Machel, the widow of former South African President Nelson Mandela, will address graduates at Morgan State University's commencement on Saturday. She is an advocate for women and children and also is the widow of a former president of Mozambique.
The 220 miles that make up U.S. 40 in Maryland was an epicenter of historical clashes in the state with resistance culminating with a Freedom Ride less than three months after Kennedy issued his plea. On Dec. 16, 1961, as many as 700 blacks and whites descended upon dozens of still-segregated restaurants along the highway.
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King and the late Harford County civil rights leader Joseph Bond, the Harford County Human Relations is hosting a humanitarian luncheon Tuesday at Water's Edge Events Center in Belcamp.
I agree with Sherman Howell, "Nelson Mandela showed powerfully how one person can improve the world" [Dec. 12], but I think that it could serve a useful purpose to point out that, as far as the current adulation of Mandela by the U.S. is concerned, it was not ever thus.
The fake interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial service merely highlighted what has become the norm for deaf people all over the world. Fake and incompetent interpreters act everyday to isolate and segregate deaf people from their community at large. And our own government and our own school systems tacitly approve such despicable actions.
Emmett Burns dedicated his Sunday service at Rising Sun First Baptist Church, with hundreds in attendance, to memorializing Mandela and encouraging people to sign up for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, which he sees as a crucial initiative, especially for the poor and uninsured.
Africa is a continent, not a country. However, most of the world refers to Africa as one collective, with little attention paid toward borders; a practice most Africans resent. And it has never been quite as prevalent as in the last few days since Nelson Mandela's passing.