Get me to the church on time...we are back to in-person worship for our Trenton United congregation because this region is blessedly Green, the healthiest category in Ontario's COVID-19 protocols. We'll leave in a few minutes so a quick word about this last day of Black History month.
Over the past year of Black Lives Matter and awareness of the injustices and inequalities in our societies, including here in Canada, regarding Blacks, Indigenous and People of Colour, I've done a fair amount of reading to deepen my awareness and understanding.
The Skin We're In by Desmond Cole was jarring and helpful in understanding our Canadian context today. I came to realize that there are Canadian connections as I read Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David Blight, and how strongly Douglass's prophetic voice echoed those of the biblical prophets he often quoted. There is also a few Canadian notes in the The Dead are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X by Les and Tamara Payne. Two tour de force books by Isabel Wilkerson; Cast: The Origin of Our Discontents and The Warmth of Other Suns were awakenings I deeply appreciated.
In addition, the film Harriet broadened my perspective on Harriet Tubman, even though it is so-so as a motion picture, and One Night in Miami is a worthwhile thought experiment.
Well, gotta run!