There is more. — Pastor Theo McNair, Jr., of the Believers Bible Christian Church
At the beginning of 2022, my pastor Theo McNair, Jr. preached a sermon,"There is More."
Its message is an encouraging one, and it urged me on so much personally that I’d like to share a first quarter recap and perhaps help you, yes you, prepare for what’s to come.
In January of this year we observed the annual March for Life, and the birthday of my uncle, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
During this season, the Dobbs case, a controversial challenge to legal abortion in America was in full-fledged public debate.
Lt. Governor Winsome Sears, R-Va., was sworn in during this time.
The Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization is still a pending case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Dobbs concerns the constitutionality of a 2018 Mississippi state law banning abortion procedures after the first 15 weeks of pregnancy.
Winsome Sears, is Black and a Republican.
She returned to Virginia politics following an absence of nearly two decades. She has risen to become the first female lieutenant governor to win statewide office — in Virginia.
As February of this year rolled in with the observance of Black History Month, the heated debate over systemic racism and Critical Race Theory (CRT) continued.
This debate was augmented by the surprising November 2021 wake up call to American parents that signaled the racist and divisive underpinnings of what heretofore had seemed to be a harmless strategy to educate American children as to the state of racism in America.
Systemic racism and discrimination are real.
Through the years I have experienced racial prejudice because of the color of my skin.
Growing up I was taught by the preachers in our family that God created one human race, one blood. No one can ride my back unless I bend it.
The day that I was liberated from victimhood to victory was the day I opened my eyes.
I’m not colorblind. I have learned to accept no less than equality as a human being; and to learn to live together as brothers and sisters and not perish as an angry fool.
"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools," the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during a speech in St. Louis, Missouri, on March 22, 1964.
Although the subject of racism and culture is complicated and no approach is one size fits all, questions about race and racism are interwoven into America’s history and our lives today.
Parents and educators alike do our children more harm than good by ignoring the truth. We are one blood, one human race. The concept of separate races is erroneous and divisive.
We must find a constructive way to teach children about race and ethnicity that is appropriate.
As Dr. King said during his famous "Where Do We Go From Here?" speech given in Atlanta, Georgia: Aug.16, 1967, "Let us be dissatisfied until that day when nobody will shout, "White Power!" when nobody will shout, "Black Power!" but everybody will talk about God's power and human power."
Leaving February 2022, we embarked upon March, Women’s History Month.
Hearings on the choice for our next Supreme Court Justice, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson commenced. If she is confirmed to the high court, she will be the first Black woman justice serving on our nation's highest judicial body.
It's very interesting that two Black women, Sears and Jackson, were highlighted throughout both Black History Month and Women’s History Month: with conversations regarding them continuing in March and beyond.
Judge Jackson has been a media darling; Lt. Governor Sears? Not so much.
My mother Mrs. Naomi Ruth Barbara King and my grandmother Mrs. Alberta Christine Williams King remain my favorite women’s heroes.
As honorable mentions, my boss Brooke Rollins at America First Policy Institute, my pastor's wife First Lady Octavia McNair at Believers’ Bible Christian Church, and my "gal pal," Ginger Howard, co-author of our book "We're Not Colorblind."
So, who are some of your favorite "sheroes"?
I debated over whether or not to mention the sensational event at the 2022 Oscars; but here it is. Yes, Chris Rock included remarks about Will Smith’s wife Jada in his monologue.
Yes, there was a slap and a "Wow!" moment.
Both men apologized.
The thing is folks; people are still arguing and "unfriending" each other over opinions.
Add that to the COVID-19 vaccine debates, the kettle really boils.
Meanwhile, innocent people suffer and die in Ukraine.
Here’s a question. No, the question. Does anybody pray?
Are our collective and individual glasses half empty or half full?
Do our clouds have any silver linings at all?
Human dignity, human kindness, civility, life from womb to tomb are all at stake.
May God help us.
Friends, time is moving on. April marks month four of a year already full of surprises. Let's continue to pray that the light of truth, love and forgiveness, and the hope of humanity will shine brightly in the days ahead.
My fervent prayer is that you will receive blessings, healing, and health in your spirit soul and body in the days ahead.
Meanwhile, I will continue to speak for life, to pray for all life. Remember John John 3:16.
May God bless us all. May God bless the United States of America.
Where peripherals collide, convergence is imminent." — Dr. Alveda C. King
Dr. Alveda C. King is the daughter of the late slain civil rights activist Rev. A. D. King and the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as a Christian Evangelist. Additionally, she is founder of Speak for Life (speakforlife.org). She is also an acclaimed author, television host, and film and music veteran. Dr. King is a former Georgia State legislator, Chairman of the Center for the American Dream for AFPI, and a 2021 recipient of the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award. Please visit her at: www.alvedaking.com., which she founded. She is also leader of Civil Rights for the Unborn. Read more of Dr. Alveda C. King' Reports — Here.
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