Sunday Intercessory Prayer Christian Education The Worship Experience
8:45 a.m. 9 a.m. 10 a.m.
Intercessory Prayer School of Transformation
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6:45 p.m. 7 p.m.
Joined Together Ministries (JTM)
JTM offers practical and biblical wisdom for having a successful marriage, JTM also seeks to provide an outlet and opportunities for husbands and wives to share in fun and fellowship with other like-minded couples
Fellowship Of Certified and United Singles Ministry (F.O.C.U.S)
Empower the singles of the MRC Community for preparation and transition through physical, spiritual and mental development in order to maximize their singlehood.
Fresh Fire Youth Ministry
We want our youth to learn during the tender years, to be so on fire for God that they cannot contain His word, His love and His mercy that He has for us all and share this with others.
Music and Performing Arts Ministry
Purpose of the Worship Experience Ministry is to organize and lead the music and performing arts ministry of the church as well as assisting the Senior Pastor during worship services. It is our vision to exalt God, exhort the saints and influencing the lost through music from our band, singing on the praise team, worship team & choir, adult & youth mime, flag & dance performances. S.H.E Women’s Ministry
The King’s Fraternity (Men’s Ministry)
The King’s Fraternity Men Ministry was established to create an atmosphere where men can grow in their relationship with God and with one another, without losing their manhood. For this reason, the ministry provides opportunities for spiritual growth as well as outlets that just allow “men to be men.”
Saved. Honored. Empowered. (S.H.E Women’s Ministry)
Purpose of the women’s ministry is to teach, empower and facilitate spiritual growth among the women while building intentional relationships with one another. Our desire is two-fold and that is to see every woman walking in her kingdom purpose and for an atmosphere of great synergy to reside within the women’s ministry.
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From the Desk of
M. LAMONT COOPER, SR. Welcome to Millennium Revival Center! Where we are a community of transformed believers anticipating the return of Jesus Christ. I am so excited about what God is going to do in the lives of the true believers in the year 2013. Millennium, I am confident that if you master the 13 Pillars God has given our house that your days will be blessed. We understand God’s Word is what you need, and are committed to practically teaching the infallible Word of God, so that you will experience powerful results. Because we a community that follows the leading of the Holy Spirit, we are also committed to delivering God’s Word uncompromisingly and with passion. I encourage you to learn more about our different areas of ministry and to fellowship with us for all of our worship opportunities. Let’s stay connected! We are on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. You can also text ‘Alert’ to 22300 to receive updates about our weekly events. We thank God for you and look forward to the great things the Lord is going to do with and through you. Be blessed, M. Lamont Cooper, Sr. CEO/Founder and Senior Pastor
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Table of Contents Credits: Publisher Davina Thrash Editor Davida E. Walker Graphics Elton Benjamin
From the Executive Office...............p. 4
From the Heart of First Lady.....p. 10 Features:
Learning How to Pray ........................................................p. 12 Pageants and Women of Color ..........................................p. 22 Black Wall Street ................................................................p. 26
Anniversaries......................................................................p. 12 Birthdays.............................................................................p. 13
Health and Fitness
13 Pillar Challenge..............................................................p. 32 Fitness Challenge................................................................p. 17 Fit for Life...........................................................................p. 32
page 15....Invesment Guide
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Shericka Sawyer and Davida Walker Bobcats - Heat Game April 5, 2013
Kamiyah Grant Music and Health March 2013
Jeremy Walker, II MS Walk 2013 April 13, 2013
Marsha Guion and Davina Thrash Bobcats - Heat Game April 5, 2013
Tiffany Jones and Talesha Wooten Music and Health Event March 2013
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Kenny Harding, (AP) Richard Thrash, (Dea.) Anthony Guion Bobcats - Heat Game April 5, 2013
Letter from the Editor I remember the day I declared my major in college. I had actually done it based on an observation made by my older sister and inspiration from one of my (now) favorite movies. For as long as I would be studying at Savannah State University, I would be focusing my studies to obtain the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. There wasn’t a specific degree program for the declaration, as SSU categorized journalism as a concentration within Mass Communications, so Mass Comm...here I came! I have always loved writing, even before I knew how to compose my first word, and certainly well before knowing how to artistically combine words to paint mental imagery for those who would either read or hear my masterpieces. Yes; I was born to write and not a day went by that I did not find- or make- the time to make my craft an item on my agenda. Even with all my passion, writing this letter is probably one of the hardest things that I have ever had to write. It isn’t hard because I am very well aware of what must happen. What makes it hard is the reality of what I am doing being surreal. I remember the day I told the Lord- and even went so far as to write Him a letter detailing- future plans for my life at 15 years old and then again at 22 (and what’s really funny is that I still have the list I wrote at 15 in my Bible on Psalm 37). Included among the list of plans were being the Editor of a magazine and then one day owning and publishing my own magazine. Trying to make things happen in my own time, never really quite worked out. It wasn’t until after I noticed myself getting heavily involved that opportunities to achieve the desires I placed before God at such a young age began to seemingly just fall into my lap. I share these parts of my story to encourage you to always keep God first; His Word cannot lie and in seeking Him and keeping Him first everything else will fall into place and the dreams and desires of your heart will become your reality. Trust Him; I am truly a living witness.
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From the Heart of
First Lady Hello Family! With great pleasure in our accomplishments as a body of believers, I note that May 2013 will mark the 10th Anniversary for Millennium Revival Center Church. I want you to know how much I appreciate your love, support and investment in MRC. Because of your commitment, we have seen the Lord open doors and move in significant ways. New locations have opened. Lives have been touched, changed, and built to honor Him. Pastor Cooper and I have been co-laborers in the Kingdom of God for 22 years and the cornerstone of our ministry and relationship success has been teamwork. Together we have learned, adapted, and implemented the keys to building and expanding our ministry and personal lives with a mentality of teamwork and have woven these vital keys into the fabric of the culture of Millennium Revival Center Church.
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“If In the past 10 years I have truly learned how to be a more effective Disciple of Christ. I learned that it takes commitment, faith, and obedience to answer His call.
what God has called us to
do, He will take care of the rest.”
Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will be established. (Proverbs 16:3, NKJV). Commit your life to God. Whatever we do in life, we must do it as we would do it for God. If we do what God has called us to do, He will take care of the rest. Whether it be at home, at work, at school, or at the grocery store; we need to present ourselves to others as we are doing it for God. People will see this, wonder what you have, and ask about it. This provides an open opportunity to witness to them about Jesus Christ. Faith is possibly the single-most important element of the Christian life. Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. It’s impossible to please God without faith according to Hebrews 11:1. Finally, the big O is what God requires for this walk with Him to flow well. In being obedient to God we have to simply hear, trust, submit and surrender to God and obey His Word. As we are looking forward to the next ten years of walking with God as a church body, I would like to say thank you to all the staff and volunteers who work so hard behind the scenes to make MRC a great ministry. Let’s look forward to greater transformation and more life changing works in our next decade. Serving Him,
First Lady Sean Cooper
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Happy Wedding Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Alfonso Bristow May 4th
Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Bailey May 25th
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Perkins May 22nd
Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Lynn May 28th
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May Jazmine Ray May 1st Shenika Benjamin May 4th Davina Thrash May 5th Felisha Thrash May 11th Lafayette Vance May 12th Traci Carter May 16th Savina Lessane May 21st
Tyrale Setzer May 23rd Jeremy Walker, Sr May 23rd Travis Brockington May 28th Trashell Burpass May 28th Zachary Wilkins, Sr. May 28th Kalitha Lewis May 30th
Make MRC your weekly standing appointment! Mid-Week Prayer at 12:15 p.m. School of Transformation at 7 p.m.
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Black Enterprise Investment Guide
Investment Guide The information written in this article was originally published in the May 2012 issue of Black Enterprise (magazine). The original article shares the story of an African-American woman who was seeking investment advice and turned to Danny Freeman, author of “Building Wealth through Spiritual Health,” and a financial advisor. The feature was originally titled, “Investment Planning by the Decade” and was written by Frank McCoy. Regardless of age bracket, there is something everyone can be doing right now to solidify or strengthen their financial outlook. This article provides insight for those as young as 20 and as seasoned as 69. For more information about securing your financial outlook visit www.BlackEnterprise.com 20 Something As those in their 20s begin their professional careers, it is the best time to get their financial lives on track. To do that, they should:
• Invest in a 401(k) through their employer
• Make sure that they have begun the estate planning process, including the drafting of a will
• Map out their goals with the assistance of a financial planner • Start the homeownership process • Build solid credit and saving for retirement 30 Something While still in the early stages of their careers, those in their 30s are no longer the freshmen of their workplace. With greater incomes and responsibilities than their younger counterparts, those in this age category should: • Continue to build upon the financial foundation set in their prior decade • Increase their contribution rates to their 401(k)s • Consider opening an IRA or other investment vehicle • Look to become a homeowner at this point • Open college savings plans, if they intend to start a family 40 Something Those in this group are hitting their peak earning years, but this is also where expenses, such as home improvements, and college tuition, tend to skyrocket. Individuals in this category should: • Look to maximize contributions to all their retirement accounts • Ensure that emergency and college savings plans are well-
• Become budget conscious and resist the urge to purchase unnecessary big-ticket, depreciating assets
50 Something Known as the “sandwich generation,” they are squeezed by obligations to almost-grown kids and aging parents. Combined with the fact that they are staring down the barrel of retirement within the next decade or so, it becomes necessary to: • Reassess their financial situation and determine if they’ll meet their retirement goals • Look to combine retirement accounts and re-balance their portfolio depending on their situation • Remember that the IRS has catch-up retirement savings provisions for people age 50 and up • Consider at purchasing long-term care insurance 60 Something Seniors and retirees may be less concerned about contributing to their retirement and more interested in getting distributions from those accounts. But generally they should: • Establish a fund of safe, liquid investments, such as certificates of deposit and money markets, to meet anticipated living expenses for the next three to five years • Focus on investing the balance in bonds and funds with the twin goal of preserving principal while protecting purchasing power • Review estate plans
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13 Pillar Challenge- Fitness: Mental Have what it takes to master this month’s challenge? For the month of May, the Transformer challenges you to exercise your cognitive process by having the Philippians 4:8 mentality. You up for it? Here’s all you have to do: If it isn’t true, noble, just, pure, or lovely... don’t think about it. If the comment that crosses your mind isn’t uplifting...then check it. It’s called a challenge for a reason...can’t wait to hear the stories of the impact, changes, and successes the challenge has on you! Send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org!
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13 Pillar Challenge- Fitness: Physical Fitness Challenge yourself to achieve physical fitness. Need somewhere to start? Try our physical fitness challenge to help you achieve your fitness goals this month. You can try all levels, or just pick one based on fitness level. Intermediate-Advanced 31 Day Squat Challenge Day 1-50 squats
Day 23- 190 squats
Day 2-55 squats
Day 13-130 squats
Day 3-60 squats
Day 14-135 squats
Day 15- 140 squats
Day 25- 220 squats
Day 5-70 squats
Day 6-75 squats
Day 17-150 squats
Day 7-80 squats
Day 18- 155 squats
Day 19- 160 squats
Day 9-100 squats
Day 30- 250 squats
Day 10-105 squats
Day 21- 180 squats
Day 31- Rest
Day 11-110 squats
Day 22- 185 squats
Day 26- 225 squats Day 27- 230 squats Day 28-Rest Day 29- 240 squats
Beginner 31 Day Squat Challenge Day 1 - Day 7: Walk 1 mile (daily) Day 8 - Day 14: Walk 3 miles (daily) Day 15 - Day 21: Walk 5 miles (daily) Day 22 - Day 28: Walk - jog 2 miles (daily) Day 29: Jog 2.5 miles (daily) Day 30: Jog 3 miles (daily) Day 31: Walk 3 miles (daily)
No complaining! If it were easy then it wouldn’t be a challenge. Take the challenge and help yourself get fit. Make sure you take a picture of you before and after, and you may just find yourself featured in next month’s publication. Send your pictures to email@example.com!
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Learning How to Pray
Greatest Prayers in the Bible: Background:
The story of the prayer surrendered by Hannah is usu-
The story of Samuel’s birth is probably one of the most recounted
ally concluded with the birth of Samuel, when in all actuality the
noted most for the proceeding birth of Samuel, was in fact a
birth, but with Hannah’s gratitude and worship after receiving
Bible stories within the Old Testament of the Bible. The prayer, prayer that changed a nation. After all, it is Samuel who first
introduces us to the kingship of Saul and sovereignty of King David.
The prayer and long suffering of Hannah is a prayer
counted among the most effective prayers in the Bible. Hannah’s prayer was the action that moved the heart of God to open Hannah’s womb to birth children. The prayer simplistic- yet sincere-
is one of the greatest examples of how to capture God’s attention and heart through prayer.
prayer and totality of the story is not concluded with Samuel’s
the child she initially prayed for. Hannah’s actions and adora-
tion provide glimace to the change in the governing structure in
which the children of Israel would operate, first in her prayer for the king of Israel (not yet in existence) and second through her
son, Samuel being the prophet that anoints both Saul and David.
After receiving the child she petitioned for, Hannah
returned to the temple to thank God, submit her son for King-
dom service (as Samuel’s lineage is counted as noble in Levitical service).
Practical Elements of Hannah’s Prayer:
Be sincere. God knows your heart. He knows if you truly mean what you are saying to Him in the same manner that He knows when you do not. Having a conversation with God void of complete honesty and truth is not only a waste of your time, but insulting of God’s. Worshipping God requires truth ( John 4:4). Entering into the Throne Room of God is an inherited privilege of His children. He is God and just as it is unlawful to enter any room in which governing bodies are assembled for the purpose of conducting business (or any monarchy’s governing edifice) without an invitation, it is criminal to enter or invoke God’s presence to insult His time.
because she was barren, he couldn’t see the pain and frustration Hannah had within in because she could not provide Elkanah with children. However, when Eli saw her, her saw her intense passion while she was seeking the face of God, and after gaining clarity about her actions, he aligned his faith with hers, and Hannah conceived.
Think about it: how confidential are you with someone that you do not trust? If you trust God as you say, what is withholding your transparency with Him? Don’t take His omnisciency for granted.
The Judaic law requires the testimony of at least two witnesses (Deut. 17:6; 2 Cor. 13:1). Although Eli may have been brief with Hannah, his verbal blessing of the Lord granting Hannah’s request, was the second verbal witness of the thing Hannah was seeking from God, therefore meeting the requirements of the Judaic law of determining life or death. Note: while it can be inferred that Elkanah was in support of impregnating Hannah, scripture does not directly state such, but rather states for Elkanah to have asked if he was better to Hannah than 10 sons.
Hannah did not begin worshipping God after the Lord granted her the petition of her heart; she was His worshipper well before. Worship was an already established part of her lifestyle and the foundation of Hannah’s relationship with the God Whom she was expressing her heart to. Hannah’s worship in fact made room for her gift (Samuel) as well as for someone else to agree in faith with her. This isn’t to say that her husband, Elkanah, did not agree with her, but it is very possible that he could not understand her heart. Although he loved her the more and thought no less- but more highly- of her
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The most interesting thing about prayer is praying and thinking the truth can be hidden. Here’s a news flash: HE’S GOD; He knows. So what is the point of not being honest? He knows and still cares. In all actuality, there isn’t a better or safer person to be completely honest with. When completely honest in surrendering the desires of the heart to God, you return to the pure state from which Adam and Eve fell. The truth makes one naked before the Lord, and it is only when you bare all to Him, without any part of us being hidden that we are renewed to the standing from which Adam fell, and that is open communion with God.
Learning How to Pray
Greatest Prayers in the Bible:
The prayer of Jehoshaphat is probably one of the most over-
looked prayers that moved the heart of God. Discussions and
sermons frequently elaborate on the words spoken by the prophet after the prayer was rendered, “This battle is not your’s but the
Lord’s.” The results of the prayer are well known however, conversation about the words Jeshoshaphat yielded to God that re-
sulted in the Lord fighting on Jehoshaphat’s behalf is rare. After the reign of King David, the kings of Judah did evil in the sight of the Lord, until the reign of King Asa. King Asa purged the
land of all the evil and false gods in the land of Judah, however
he failed to remove the high places of worship to the false gods
but in all of his days his heart remained loyal to God. King Asa
reigned over Judah for 41 years from Jerusalem, and was succeeded by his son, Jehoshaphat. Jehoshaphat continued in the steps of his father, and remained steadfast in living a life that was pleasing before God. The story and surrounding events leading up to the prayer Jehoshaphat prayed that moved God to fight on Jehoshaphat’s behalf are recorded in 2 Chronicles 20. Being a man and leader that sought the Lord’s direction before making any decision, Jehoshaphat found himself suddenly faced with the challenge of war from three of his enemies. Not being moved by initially innate emotion of fear, he turned his face to seek council from the Lord on how to move forward with his crisis. Beyond that, he then moved for the nation he was steward over to replicate his actions in seeking the Lord as well.
Key Elements of King Jehoshaphat’s Prayer: Get over self
Jehoshaphat was king. That gives the implication of fearlessness, yet when he first learned of the vastly approaching events, the first thing he felt was fear. After getting over himself he acted on his second initial reaction, and sought God. As he set his heart to hear from God, he had all of those who were involved in the process to replicate his actions: fasting and praying.
Call out to God
Accepting the reality of an approaching war, Jehoshaphat moved to do what he knew best to do: call out to God.
Know the promise God made you
Not as if the Lord forgets His promise, but as he clay of His workmanship, it is very easy to forget the outcome promised when all that is being focused on the different moldings required to create the Potter’s desired outcome. Remind yourself of the promise and hold to it. God doesn’t need for you to remind Him; you repeating the promise to God in prayer is another way of encouraging yourself and letting God know that you still trust His Word.
Praise God (for His mighty works)
The works God did in the past were created for the moments when fear arises. God isn’t in the business of simply doing something for you without there being a significant reason. He is constant; He does not change. Remember what He has done for you in the past and take
comfort in knowing you are serving the same God that delivered and provided for you in the past and is therefore not limited by the present or future.
Know your relationship status
When you know where you stand in your relationship with God, making mention of it in your prayer is not only a way of reinforcing your trust and commitment to God, but a great way of showing your God your full reliance in Him to come through for you because of the established relationship you have with Him.
Give God your enemies
When you give God your enemies you demonstrate your total reliance on Him to handle the situation before you. When you make your enemies God’s issue you make room for Him to show His might an to avenge you as only He can.
When you whole-heartedly submerse your trust and faith in God, you stroke His ego and force Him to prove Himself to be the Almighty God that He longs to be in your life. Without total reliance on God, a surrendered prayer is an impartial plea, telling God you don’t need all of His help and that you ultimately don’t trust Him to take care of you the way you feel is best.
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Isn’t She Lovely....
Pageants and... Women of Color
The importance and historical prevalence of such pageant scholarships remains ever-increasing. As a larger bulk of the media’s attention is given to the sexual personifications of women, the need for celebration and praise of a woman’s intellect, elegance, and ambitions in addition to a her beauty are essential. Such royal role models are the solution to the advancement of the African American woman’s aspirations and cultural achievements. The history of scholarship and beauty pageants within the African American community and among women of color is one of physical beauty, scholastic excellence, and achievement.
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The history of beauty pageants dates beyond Biblical times with King Xerxes hosting a nation-wide search for a queen to replace Queen Vashti for refusing to come before him when she was summoned by the king. American beauty pageantry dates back to 1921, with nine newspapers looking to increase their circulation by soliciting photos for a photopopularity contest, to increase readership among east coast newspaper circulation. The winners of the newspaper sponsored contest were awarded a trip to the Atlantic Businessman’s Fall Frolic, with the newspapers paying all of the expenses. It was during the 2nd Annual Fall Frolic, that organizers of the event placed young women in an “Inner City Beauty” contest. The judging was based on the contestants general appearance, personality, interaction with the crowd, and the conversations the contestants shared with the judges. The winner of the contest was Margaret Gorman. To increase the interest and excitement, pageant contestants competed for the Golden Mermaid trophy which was to be given to “The Most Beautiful Bathing Girl in America. The competition was won by Gorman, and by 1922, she was known as Miss America. While American pageantry dates back to decades prior to the 1950s, African American women were not able to compete in the Miss America pageant until the 1970s, that African Americans were able to compete, the first being Cheryl Adrienne Brown (Iowa). The early 20th Century’s negative disposition on the beauty of people of color, caused the African American community to respond through the creation of homecoming and other college campus queens, as well as J. Morris Anderson’s development of the Miss Black America Pageant in 1968. The pageant was created to provide a positive platform of the African American woman’s charm, poise, and beauty through a first-inclass event which not only celebrated the contestants’ African heritage, but talents and standards.
National history was made in 1984, with
Vanessa Williams being the first African American woman to win the title of Miss America. Since Williams’ win in 1984, other African American women have gone on to garner the nationally coveted title. Those women include: Suzette Charles (1984), Debbye Turner (1990), Marjorie Judith Vincent (1991), Kenya Moore (1993), Kimberly Aiken (1994), Erika Harold (2003), Erica Dunlap (2004), and Caressa Cameron (2010). While African American women have gone on to obtain national notoriety through Essence’s annual publication of Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU) Campus Queens, as well as winning the title of Miss America, another historical feat in pageantry was made in October of 2012, at Ole Miss (an institution that did begin granting admission to blacks until 1962) in Mississippi when Courtney Pearson became the first African American to be crowned University of Mississippi Homecoming Queen. As of 2012, only four women of color have gone further to win the title of Miss Universe: 1. Janelle Commissiong (Trinidad and Tobago, 1977)
2. Wendy Fitzwilliam (Trinidad and Tobago, 1998)
3. Moule Kweladobe (Botswana, 1999)
4. Leila Lopes (Angola, 2011)
Kweladobe, not only set record by being the third woman of color to win the title of Miss Universe, but she is also the first delegate to represent the country of Botswana, and first black African to win the Miss Universe title. From a history of reigning as queens in lands that are now identified as foreign, to reigning as queens in the United States of America; African American women and women of color have been creating and blazing the trails of beauty and intellect for centuries, and are continuing to do so today.
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Congratulations to all Contestants!
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This Month in African American History
Black Wall Street: Tulsa 1921
May 31, 1921, is a day in history many African Americans in Oklahoma will never be able to forget. What may have began as a normal day in Tulsa, Oklahoma lead to a night that would change the lives of hundreds of successful black entrepreneurs, and thousands more people of color residing in the mid-western state.
The all-Black community, home to (the prominent)
Greenwood Avenue, was segregated from white communities by Pine Street in the north, Archer Street and Frisco train tracks in the south. The Greenwood District consisted of 35 blocks and land-marked one of the nation’s most affluent and wealthy business districts with 100 percent of the community under Black ownership. Establishments included two of the nations best movie theatres, an airport with six airplanes, 30 grocery stores, and many other enterprises of international notability.
South of Archer, the existence of Greenwood Ave-
nue was not so. The district was so wealthy that during the times of economic struggle beyond its borders, the Greenwood district was not effected. African Americans having no other alternative than to patronize the businesses of other African American-owned enterprises resulted in the wealth and success of the community which was started by O.W. Gurley.
Gurley, a native of Arkansas, was a wealthy entre-
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preneur and land-owner that participated in the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889. Positioned as an incentive for Native Americans to continue to move west, the initiative also provided an opportunity for people of color to purchase land. The legacy of Black Wall Street was born with Gurley’s purchase of 40 acres of land which would only be sold to people of color. His dream became a reality with the support of other wealthy African American entrepreneurs like J.B. Stradford, who believed blacks had a better chance of economic progression if people of color pooled their resources, worked together, and supported each other’s businesses. The renowned district’s demise would come from the actions of the era’s legal and political injustice between whites and blacks. Harbored sentiments of hatred and disdain that exploded the evening of May 31st, would not only change the lives of one African American male and one Caucasian female, but the lives all living in the once internationally known Greenwood District. The Tulsa, Oklahoma community revered as Black Wall Street. The history and existence of Racial tension between African Americans and Caucasians is a relationship well known among Americans. From the introduction of the American Slave Trade, to the antebellum and postantebellum cultures of American history, the relationship between Americans of color and non-colored counterparts has been one filled with great adversity, sadness, struggle, and triumph. The African American heritage includes conversations necessary to remembering the true essence of its legacy. While the heritage encompasses a past that is filled with injustice, it is also a heritage of intellect, pride, and stellar accomplishment. The history of Black Wall Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Greenwood District, is a story within the African American culture that exemplifies the innate drive to achieve despite all odds. The afternoon of Memorial Day, May 30, 1921, a 19-year-old African American boy by the name of Dick Rowland, stepped on the elevator operated by Sarah Page, a young female Caucasian who operated the elevator.
This Month in African American History Articles have said for the top floor of the Drexel Building to be the only public restrooms blacks were permitted to use that was nearest to Main Street Parlor, the building where Rowland was employed as a shoe-shiner. However, this particular afternoon what was probably a normal behavior, getting onto the elevator would change the lives of both Dick Rowland and Sarah Page forever. What sounded like the loud scream of a woman was heard, and said to have come from the elevator. Upon the arrival of the clerk at Renberg’s (a department store located on the first floor of the building) to the elevator, the clerk claimed to have found Sarah Page agitated and upset. Rowland, the closest to her by being the only person on the elevator, was instantaneously accused of having assaulted Page and law enforcement was called immediately. Law enforcement officials arrive to the scene and investigate the matter, concluding that whatever happened that caused the scream was not warranting of any further courses of action beyond their investigation, in addition to Page not pressing charges law enforcement was no longer concerned. It was very uncommon for the word “rape” to be used in academic environments or print journalism during the early 20th century, such incidents where rape possibly may have occurred were more commonly referred to as “assault.” Understanding the imminent danger his life was in, Rowland made haste to his mother’s house located in the Greenwood District of the city. The morning of May 31st, Rowland was spotted in the Greenwood District and detained at the Tulsa City Jail. As the day progressed, J.M. Adkison, the city’s Police Commissioner, directed for Rowland to be transferred to the Tulsa County Courthouse because of an anonymous phone call he received threatening to take the life of Dick Rowland. Angered white supremacists were given the fuel they needed to ignite the riot that led to the demise of the once most wealthy African American communities in America. The afternoon circulation of the Tulsa Tribune ran with the headline, “Nab Negro for Attacking Girl in Elevator.” Angry and deciding to take justice into their own hands, the publication included a scheduled time to publicly lynch Rowland the night of May 31st. By sunset a mob of angry white supremacists were gathered outside of the county courthouse. African Americans armed and ready to protect Rowland had gathered at the courthouse to support and aid Sheriff Willard M. McCullough, who was determined to not allow a public lynching to occur under his term as Sheriff, as had happened to Roy Belton during the preceding
County Sheriff’s term. After several failed attempts and pleads with the mob that had now surmounted 1,000 angered Caucasians, and an increasing number of African Americans arriving at the courthouse to help protect Rowland, the evening’s climax happened with the firing of a gunshot that was said to have gone off when one of the white men in the mob attempted to disarm one of the colored men who had gone down to the courthouse to defend Dick Rowland. The firearm’s eruption resulted in brawls between members of the mob and blacks at the courthouse. By one o’clock the morning of June 1st, a riot had broken out in the Greenwood District with whites looting, burning the once renowned Black Wall Street. Lynchings and attacks on the community lasted into early hours of the morning. Attacks on the district were being made by air and land, with whites coming from shelters, cars, planes, and even by foot. Being warned of the rumor of more blacks from a nearby city coming by train to help the blacks in Tulsa resulted in the train attendees directing for all passengers on a train to get low when was passing through the city in order to preserve their lives. The injustice had become so bad that rioters began assaulting whites who employed blacks. At about 9:15 the morning of June 1, 1921, the Oklahoma National Guard arrived, with the city being placed under martial law at 11:49. By the end of the night hundreds of blacks had lost their lives and the once most wealthy and prominent African American district was completely destroyed. Today, memorials in Tulsa, Oklahoma celebrate the legacy of the Greenwood District, the affluent African American community once frequently referred to as Black Wall Street. - DEW
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Gail Arceneaux Congratulations May Leader of the Month Gail Arceneaux! We celebrate Gail Arceneaux for being the MRC May Leader of the Month! Gail has been a Disciple of Millennium Revival Center for several years. She serves faithfully with the Childrens Church Community under the leadership of Community Leader, Shaneka Jones.
As Associate Director of Pre-K 3 -5, she serves with excitement, creativity, and strong commitment, while ensuring our children receive a fruitful lesson about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Gail is an asset to MRC with her efforts to serve the ministry through serving the Kingdom of God.
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Fit for Life There is a common misconception of healthy and
Whether your desire is to lose or gain, the goal be-
skinny being the same. However, as previously
hind any change in the body should be rooted in the
stated, this thought is a misconception. There are
objective of improving your health.
plenty of people labeled as “skinny” with health issues ranging from eating disorders to diabetes, as
Here are some tips for getting started on the good
there are people who are labeled “fat” but not over-
foot with steps towards better health:
weight and are without health issues. 1. Plan meals ahead of time. Being fit isn’t about being able to be labeled “skinny’”or “fat.” Fitness is about maintaining a
2. Pay attention to your body. When you feel like
weight considered healthy by your physician, being
you have had enough to eat, stop.
healthy in your mental faculty, and emotionally balanced.
3. Drink plenty of calorie-free drinks (water, tea, coffee, diet soda). You may be thirsty, not hungry.
Being fit for life requires a permanent shift in thought processes, decisions, and ultimately a
4. Get plenty of fiber. Vegetables, fruits, and whole
change in life style, not a temporary diet change.
grains are good sources. Have a high-fiber cereal
More properly stated, weight loss- and even some
weight gain- can be implications of a healthy life style change contingent upon where you fall along
5. Cut back on sugar. For example, drink less fruit
the Body Mass Index (BMI) continuum.
juice and regular soda.
Before embarking on any regiment, it is best to
6. Try cooking methods that cut calories (bake,
consult your primary physician or health profes-
broil, roast, boil).
sional for medical or professional opinion regarding healthy weight loss goals and other target medical
7. Make fruits, vegetables, and other low-calorie
foods part of each meal.
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Healthy Eats From your Kitchen
King Ranch Chicken Tostada Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 medium yellow onion, halved and cut into 1/4-inch slices 10 ounces mushrooms, such as button or cremini, trimmed and sliced Coarse salt and ground pepper 1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes with green chiles, such as Ro-Tel, drained 8 tostada shells 3 cups diced or shredded cooked chicken (about 3/4 pound) Shredded romaine lettuce, shredded Monterey Jack or crumbled Cotija cheese, and sour cream, for serving Prep Instructions • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add onion and cook 4 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened and mushrooms are golden brown, about 6 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add tomatoes with chiles and cook, stirring, until warmed through, about 2 minutes.
• While bacon is browning, pat chicken dry and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Brown chicken in fat in skillet over moderately high heat, turning over once, about 8 minutes total, then transfer chicken with tongs to paper towels to drain. • Pour off all but 3 tablespoons fat from skillet and reduce heat to moderate. Cook onions in skillet with 1/4 teaspoon salt, stirring and scraping up any brown bits, until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Stir tomatoes and juice into onions and boil, uncovered, 3 minutes, to concentrate juices slightly. Stir in bacon and beans and bring to a simmer. Nestle chicken, skin side up, in beans and bake, uncovered, until chicken is cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes. Chicken Fried Rice with Bok Choy Prep Instructions • In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (such as safflower) over medium. • Add 2 large, lightly beaten eggs; season with salt and pepper, and cook until set, 1 to 3 minutes.
• Spread tomato mixture on tostada shells. Top with chicken, lettuce, cheese, and sour cream.
• Transfer cooked eggs to a cutting board (reserve skillet); let cool. Roll up, and thinly slice eggs crosswise; set aside.
Baked Beans with White Beans and Tomatoes Ingredients 6 bacon slices (1/4 lb. total), cut into 1-inch pieces 4 large chicken thighs with skin and bone (1 1/2 lb. total) 2 medium onions, chopped (1 1/2 cups) 1 (14- to 16-oz) can stewed tomatoes including juice 2 (15- to 16-oz) cans small white beans, rinsed and drained
• In skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high.
Prep Instructions • Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. • Cook bacon in a 10-inch heavy ovenproof skillet over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until browned and crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer bacon with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain, reserving fat in skillet.
• Add 1 pound cored and chopped bok choy, 1 chopped onion, and 2 minced garlic cloves; season with salt and pepper (skillet will be very full). Cook, stirring frequently, until bok choy is crisp-tender, 2 to 4 minutes. Add: o 3 cups cooked rice o 4 cooked shredded chicken thighs o Sliced eggs o 1 tablespoon peeled grated fresh ginger o 2 tablespoons rice vinegar o 2 tablespoons soy sauce. • Cook, tossing, until heated through, 3 to 5 minutes.
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Great Causes for Pauses Community service is one of the greatest ways to demonstrate the love of Christ, and is in itself one of the most powerful methods of evangelism. Here are some great causes to be aware of, and charitable organization with which you can volunteer. For more information on how you can volunteer with an organization, visit the organization website!
May National Lupus Awareness Month National Childrenâ€™s Mental Health Awareness Month ALS Awareness Month National Bike Month Haitian Heritage Month Jewish American Heritage Month National Foster Care Month National Stroke Awareness Month National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month National Osteoporoses and Prevention Month
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Triangle Arthritis Walk Imperial Center Park(Durham) May 4th
1304 Campus Drive (Durham) May 18th
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year Finale May 4th
Tour de Cure American Diabetes Association 100 Regency Forest Drive (Cary) May 18th and May 19th
4th Annual Letâ€™s Cure AHC 5K and 1.5 Miles Family Walk Heritage Subdivision (Wake Forest) May 4th
Walk for Animals Animal Protection Society of America 1304 Campus Drive (Durham) May 18th
Southern 5K Classic 2013 and Post Someone Special Like Me 5K WakeMed Soccer Park (Cary) Race Party May 25th City Plaza (Raleigh) May 5th American Cancer Society Road to Recovery Program Stop Hunger Now Meal Packing On-going volunteer opportunities Lonerider Brewery (Raleigh) May 6th Heartland Hospice Volunteer 3200 Atlantic Avenue (Raleigh) 5K Glow Run Crew On-going volunteer opportunities 804 Ruggles Drive (Raleigh) May 11th Duke Hospital Volunteer 200 Trent Drive (Durham) Walk for Animals On-going volunteer opportunities Duke East Campus
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