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Legendary Bishop Samuel E. Iglehart Passes

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Black Worship XI Pictorial

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Soul of the Nation Gospel Concert  to Air on TV One  

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Presented in Partnership with the National Endowment of the Humanities  

Featuring Remarks by First Lady Jill Biden 

Featured Performers Include JJ Hairston, Tamela Mann, the Morehouse College Glee Club 

(SILVER SPRING, MD) March 4, 2022 – Celebrating Black History Month, TV One will air The Soul of the Nation Gospel Concert, featuring remarks by First Lady Jill Biden and performances by top Gospel artists such as JJ Hairston and Tamela Mann. The prerecorded event will re-air on Sunday, March 6 at 5 pm EST/4C on TV One.

The celebration will be hosted by Grammy-nominated Juan Winans and will feature musical performances by Madeline Howze, Tamela Mann, JJ Hairston and The Morehouse College Glee Club. Closing the event is Bishop William Murphy, III, the founder and lead pastor of The Dream Center Church of Atlanta, one of the nation’s most influential ministries leading the way in worship and community outreach. The program celebrates the history and impact of Gospel music and is sure to bring warmth and solace to both American and global viewers alike.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the federal cultural agency that funds research, public programs, and preservation work in fields such as history, literature, and religion, will also feature NEH-supported projects and humanities experts in this year’s program. The event will include commentary from Jesse P. Karlsberg, PhD Senior Digital Scholarship Strategist, Emory Center for Digital Scholarship and Southern Spiritual Music expert, Rev. Dr. James Abbington, representing the Sounding Spirit initiative, based at Emory University, digitizing historic American sacred songbooks. 

This year’s event marks the first time the program is being aired in partnership with TV One. “We are honored the White House and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden selected TV One to be part of this monumental Black History Month celebration,” said Michelle Rice, president of TV One Networks. Through the decades, U.S. presidents of both the Democratic and Republican parties have held official celebrations for Black History Month, where Black leaders, celebrities, and allies concerned with and for the community gather for music, dialogue and fellowship. 

About the National Endowment for the Humanities: Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at neh.gov

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Twenty-five faith leaders launched a hunger strike

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Twenty-five faith leaders launched a hunger strike for voting rights on the anniversary of the insurrection.

Faith of Black Lives, a coalition of twenty-five faith leaders from across the nation launched a hunger strike on the first anniversary of the insurrection, January 6, 2022 to urge Congress to protect democracy by passing voting rights legislation by Martin L. King, Jr. Day on January 17, 2022.

Inspired by the “big lie”, the violent insurrection on January 6, 2021 was an attempt to overturn democratic rule in the United States. This attempt continues across the nation as 19 states passed 34 laws impacting the right to vote, specifically targeting communities of color. States enacted laws to reduce early voting, restrict access to absentee ballots, and seize control of non-partisan election administration official functions. In addition, extreme partisan gerrymandering threatens access to Black political representation in state and federal elections for the next decade.

“As faith leaders, we are called to speak truth to power and to raise the conscience of this nation through moral resistance”, said Rev. Stephen A. Green

“As faith leaders, we are called to speak truth to power and to raise the conscience of this nation through moral resistance”, said Rev. Stephen A. Green, Chair, Faith for Black Lives, “this hunger strike reflects our deep commitment to radical love in action to redeem the soul of this nation. As we approach midnight for our democracy, the United States Congress must act urgently to pass voting rights legislation now.”

Hunger Strikers for Voting Rights

  1. Rev. Stephen A. Green, Chair, Faith for Black Lives, New York, NY
  2. Rev. Traci Blackmon, Associate General Minister, United Church of Christ, Washington, DC
  3. Rev. Cornell William Brooks, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School, Director, William Trotter Collaborative, Former President/CEO, NAACP, Cambridge, MA
  4. Rev. Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant, Pastor, New Birth Cathedral, Atlanta, GA
  5. Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, IL
  6. Rev. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III, Pastor, Friendship-West Baptist Church, Dallas, TX
  7. Rev. Dr Cassandra Gould, Executive Director, Faith Voices, St. Louis, MO
  8. Rev. Dr. Lanel D. Guyton, Presiding Elder, Brooklyn-Westchester AME District, Brooklyn, NY
  9. Pastor Timothy Findley, Jr., Pastor, Kingdom Fellowship Church, Louisville, KY
  10. Rev Renita Green, Pastor, Holy Trinity AME Church, Wilberforce, OH
  11. Rev. Rodrecus M. Johnson, Jr., Pastor, Anderson Chapel, Killeen, TX
  12. Rev. Dr. Lenny Marshall, Pastor, St. Philip AME Church, Tallahassee, Fl
  13. Rev. Derrell Wade, Pastor, Macedonia AME Church, Suffolk, VA
  14. Rev. Dr. Caesar Roland Richburg, Pastor, Bethel AME Church, Columbia, SC
  15. Rev. Dr. Jonathan L. Weaver, Pastor, Greater Mt. Nebo AME Church, Mitchellville, MD
  16. Rev. Rickey C. Dennis, Jr., Pastor, Mt. Nebo AME, Awendaw, SC
  17. Rev. Redeem Robinson, Community Pastor, All Souls Movement, Los Angeles, CA
  18. Rev. James Wesley Dennis III, Pastor, Pine Grove AME Church, Columbia, SC
  19. Rev. Rashad Moore, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY
  20. Rev. Dr. Roy Jones, Jr., Executive Pastor, Saint Philip AME Church, Atlanta, GA
  21. Rev. Devon Crawford, Director, William Trotter Collaborative, Harvard Kennedy School
  22. Rev. Eugene Minson III, Executive Minister, St. Luke AME Church, Harlem, NY
  23. . Darien Jones, Pastor, Moncks Corner AME Church, Moncks Corner, SC
  24. Rev. Mary Newton, Pastor, Lee Memorial AME Church, Fort Washington, MD
  25. Prophet Bryce Graham, Anointed House of Prayer Ministries, West Palm Beach, FL

SOURCE Faith for Black Lives

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