In Scores of Muslim mosques, homes and businesses were destroyed as mobs ran amok for three days in Kandy. Thousands of Muslims are disillusioned and uncertain about their safety and security for the future. Well-meaning majority Buddhists have made fresh pledges and called on the government to investigate the violence. As this is being investigated and persons of interest apprehended, fresh revelations emerge every day. This article is not about what went wrong but about what needs to be done.
Recently I visited the recently-opened Museum of African American History and Culture. The experience was at once inspiring and troubling. Inspiring because so much of the distinctive texture of American life can be traced directly to its rich African American contributions. Troubling because our nation’s shameful embrace of racism is not just a stain on our nation’s past, but a plague that threatens us still.
"When we work together, Nigeria and Gombe State come out first.," said the governor of Gombe State to a large gathering of Christian leaders in Nigeria. Led by OMNIA Leader Rev. Abare Kallah, Christian leaders from across terror-torn Gombe state commended Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo on his leadership, particularly for his willingness to embrace the church-state cooperation in dealing with violence brought on by Boko Haram.
It was a sweltering summer Chicago night in 1966 when young activist Mary Nelson first encountered Martin Luther King, Jr. She was just back from a two-year stint as a teacher in Tanzania and living in Chicago's west side when racial tensions were reaching a fever pitch. Listen as Mary tells her story of meeting and marching with Dr. King and gospel great Mahalia Jackson.