Are Easter Bonnets Losing Appeal?
Vera Walker wouldn’t feel complete today without her Easter bonnet. It’s a tradition that dates back to when the 83-year-old pastor’s wife was a girl. ”I think it’s more becoming of a lady to wear a hat, especially if she’s going to church,” said Walker, whose husband, the Rev. Louis Walker, pastors St. Ashworth Temple Church of God in Christ on Vernon Odom Boulevard in Akron. ”I think the hat is the beauty of a lady, but women aren’t wearing them like they used to. I see so many bare heads in church.” (Continue Reading…)
Freed After 25 Years, Former Inmate Rejoices
Willie Earl Green looked dazed. He walked slowly. Before him were streets he could stroll freely for the first time since he was young. Behind him were the last of the lockups that had caged him since 1983, for a murder he insists he did not commit. “It’s like I’m in a dream,” said Green, 56, moments after he stepped into the sunlight outside the downtown Criminal Courts Building, where a judge ordered him released Thursday. The witness whose testimony had sent Green away for 33 years to life recanted, and prosecutors decided not to retry him. (Continue Reading…)
Governor Paterson Attends Al Sharpton’s Rally in Harlem
Governor David Paterson concluded his troublesome first week in office with a Saturday Harlem gathering organized by the Reverend Al Sharpton, to re-direct focus on upcoming budget challenges. NY1’s Lily Jamali filed the following report. (Continue Reading…)
Obama Race Speech Fuels Easter Sermons
This Easter Sunday, the holiest day of the Christian calendar, many pastors will start their sermons about the Resurrection of Jesus and weave in a pointed message about racism and bigotry, and the need to rise above them. Some pastors began to rethink their sermons on Tuesday, when Senator Barack Obama gave a speech about race, seeking to calm a furor that had erupted over explosive excerpts of sermons by his pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. (Continue Reading…)