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Dr. Reginald Lawrence, St. Mark’s Pastor, Dies at 74

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By AFRO Staff Rev. Dr. Reginald Lawrence, Pastor of St. Mark’s Institutional Baptist Church died on July 1. He was 74. Dr. Lawrence was installed as Pastor of St. Mark’s, located at 655 N. Bentalou St., in West Baltimore, which...

Rev. Dr. LaKeesha Walrond to Lead New York Theological Seminary into a New Era

By Itoro N. Umontuen, NNPA Newswire NEW YORK—New York Theological Seminary’s (NYTS) Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Rev. Dr. LaKeesha Walrond as its new President. Dr. Walrond brings more than two decades of leadership in academia and ministry...

Church Brings Jesus to the Front Door

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By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff Writer Imagine a church with no pulpit. Imagine a church with no choir. Try to wrap your head around a church with no VIP parking and no chance of NOT getting good seating, because the...

Church Organization Fights For Food Equity in the Black Community

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By Joi Thomas, Special to the AFRO In 2018, it is important to find ways to empower our communities with resources, education and economic opportunity.  Many churches and Pastors have various community programs that  meet these goals.  One of those is...

Interdenominational Church Ushers Association Marks 100-Year History in Maryland

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It was a century ago that members of three Baltimore churches – Ames United Methodist Church, Enon Baptist Church and Sharp Street United Methodist Church – gathered to form a church ushers organization that would break down denominational barriers. From...

Clergy, Physicians to Discuss Spirituality-Medicine Connection

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Hundreds of Washington-area residents will gather for workshops and seminars during the 13th Annual Spirituality and Medicine Conference, May 2 to May 5, at the Grand Hyatt, 1000 H. Street N.W. Leading physicians and clergy from across the nation will...

ArtsCentric Musical Retells the Most Famous Story of All

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By Renee Foose, Special to the AFRO Literary great Langston Hughes was known for telling stories of everyday life. He captured the life of Black people through poetry, plays, and writings using common vernacular. His work inspired generations of young...

United Baptist Missionary Convention: `Rebuilding Community’

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By Joi Thomas, Special to the AFRO The United Baptist Missionary Convention and Auxiliaries of the State of Maryland (UBMC), is gearing up for its annual statewide institute, March 4-8.  This year’s theme is “Rebuilding Community, Advancing the Kingdom.”  Classes and...

Kirk Franklin’s Top Song

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New York, NY – Fourteen-time GRAMMY® Award winning artist, songwriter and producer Kirk Franklin’s new album LONG LIVE LOVE (Fo Yo Soul / RCA), which was released on May 31st, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Album’s chart,...

As More Minnesota Muslims Seek Office, Some Face a Backlash

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By IBRAHIM HIRSI of MinnPost MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two months ago, Fardousa Jama did something no other Muslim woman in south-central Minnesota has done: She filed to run for a city council seat in Mankato. Then on the Fourth of July,...

Rankin Celebrates 125 Years

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By Brianna McAdoo, Special to the AFRO In 2020, Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel will celebrate its 125th year of serving as a spiritual, historical and cultural center on Howard University’s campus.  Built between the years of 1894 and 1895, Andrew Rankin Memorial...

Three Blacks Among 32 American Recipients of Rhodes Scholarships

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Three of the 32 Americans named Rhodes Scholars this year are African American, according to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. The scholarships provide funds for two or three years of graduate study at Oxford University in Britain....

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