What Can You Do to Help End Racism?

Monday, 15 January 2018, 20:40 | Category : Building Bridges of Hope to End Racism
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Grace and Race Ministries, Inc. and Kingdom Mission Society will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by engaging 50 houses of worship, faith-based and other civic organizations to work together as bridge builders for racial understanding and action.

“What can I do?” is a frequently asked question when it comes to issues related to race in our communities. Throughout 2018, we will identify good answers to that question, as well as, provide and promote opportunities to add your voice and to be engaged with people of faith in supporting the legacy of Dr. King. We recognize there are many organizations striving to advance his dream. These efforts are often isolated and do not receive the attention they deserve. We will seek to create a supportive regional network of allies and friends committed to enhancing racial understanding and moving toward Dr. King’s dream of the beloved community.

We invite you to become a founding sponsor with MLK 50 Bridges in recognition of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK 50 Bridges is a collaborative effort to:

Break the silence around racism
Build bridges of understanding
Share information and promote relevant community activities related to racial understanding
Provide education and training to help develop knowledge and skills to disrupt and dismantle racism
Help us break the silence on racism, learn how to be a bridge builder.

Word of the Day- Maladjusted

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lost his life in the fight for freedom and equality 50 years ago on April 4, 1968. Throughout this year, Grace and Race Ministries, Inc. will share some of the quotes of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that spur us into personal and collective action.Today let’s embrace what it means to be maladjusted in support of anti-racism.

When I ask myself how I want to be seen by others, “maladjusted” would not be my first choice of words. When I ask myself what it means to be seen as a Christian, then I readily Dr. King’s call to become “maladjusted.” We are called to be transformed, to be new creatures in Christ, to love others as Christ loves us, to live in grace.

Dr. King made this statement in a speech on December 18, 1963 at Western Michigan University.

Modern psychology has a word that is probably used more than any other word in modern psychology. It is the word “maladjusted.” This word is the ringing cry to modern child psychology. Certainly, we all want to avoid the maladjusted life. In order to have real adjustment within our personalities, we all want the well‐adjusted life in order to avoid neurosis, schizophrenic personalities.But I say to you, my friends, as I move to my conclusion, there are certain things in our nation and in the world which I am proud to be maladjusted and which I hope all men of good‐will will be maladjusted until the good societies realize. I say very honestly that I never intend to become adjusted to segregation and discrimination. I never intend to become adjusted to religious bigotry. I never intend to adjust myself to economic conditions that will take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few. I never intend to adjust myself to the madness of militarism, to self‐defeating effects of physical violence…In other words, I’m about convinced now that there is need for a new organization in our world. The International Association for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment‐‐men and women who will be as maladjusted as the prophet Amos. Who in the midst of the injustices of his day could cry out in words that echo across the centuries, “Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

Realizing the Civil Rights Dream…

Sunday, 26 November 2017, 19:57 | Category : Building Bridges of Hope to End Racism
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Grace and Race Ministries,Inc.hosted a conversation with Dr. Kenneth B. Bedell to discuss his book, Realizing the Civil Rights Dream:Diagnosing and Treating American Racism. Rev. Jesse Jackson wrote the forward to the book. One thing is abundantly clear, racism is still alive. We must develop an understanding of the relevance of historical contexts, social, cultural, economic, and political institutions and practices in order to implement real strategies for change.

Dr. Bedell has now established a website to provide access to additional information, share new data, ideas and resources that will help to connect people interested in helping to overcome racism in america..

Click on to http://www.civilrightsdream.com when you have a moment and read his tribute to Rev. Jesse Jackson.

There is still work to do.

Stay tuned.

Brenda Girton-Mitchell

Uniting Against Violence and Racism

Sunday, 26 November 2017, 19:25 | Category : Building Bridges of Hope to End Racism
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The Rev. Dr. Mary Ivey, Founder of Maine Street Ministries, extends an urgent invitation to the launching of “America’s Love, Race and Grace Partnership Program for the World!” The purpose is to plan community strategies to move forward against “BULLYING, DOMESTIC AND COMMUNITY VIOLENCE, AND RACISM” through the Love, Race and Grace humanitarian program.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
The Historic Shiloh Baptist Church
1510 9th Street,NW
Washington,DC

9:00 am -2:00 pm
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
RSVP TO DRMARYIVEY@MAINEAVENUEMINISTRIES.COM or leave a message at 202-686-1216

RACIAL AWARENESS AND MINDFULNESS: MINI FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS, AWARENESS & HEALING

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 21:27 | Category : Cultural Diversity, Event Registration, Events, Racial Justice
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Grace and Race Ministries, Inc. is pleased to share this  announcement of an upcoming event to promote Racial Awareness and help equip those who desire to become actively engaged in anti-racism efforts to help heal our nation. This Festival will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 10 am – 5pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I Street SW, Washington, DC.

Racial Awareness 2017:  A Mini-Festival of the Arts, Awareness, and Healing intends to help people of goodwill reflect on the remaining reality of racism in our society through media, rhythm, and practical exposure through experiential workshops in both African-American and white caucuses, as well as multiracial spaces, opening awareness of privilege and supremacy, and healing years of unresolved trauma.

This festival is not for those who wish to gather information without an urgent need to change! Americans continue to debate the shape and extent of racism in society. Yet shootings of unarmed African-Americans, disproportional incarceration and poverty rates, and a continuing list of disparities remind us as the Church and as citizens that the U.S. must continue to press ahead with addressing issues of racism and white supremacy. Politicians are promoting bigoted ideas and organizations. Many whites have watched the crisis unfold and have said, “I didn’t know that was still happening… What can I do?” Because so many people remain to be reached, we are organizing a second Racial Awareness Festival in 2017. Our long-term goal is to make this an annual event with festivals addressing racial awareness and healing nationwide.  Month by month, interest grows in the project.

http://racialawareness2017.eventbrite.com