Wednesday, January 21, 2009

By popular demand...

Despite frigid temperatures and NFL playoff games this past Sunday (18 January), we experienced a large turnout for the continuation of Minister Evans' lecture, "Great Leaders are Needed, Recognized or Not." The basis of the lecture was in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King's 80th birthday. We invite everyone to attend the lecture this Sunday at 4 pm, 219 Hamilton Street. You will understand what true leadership is all about.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Great Leaders are Needed, Recognized or Not!


Yesterday (Jan. 15) was Dr. Martin Luther King's 80th birthday. First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. honored Dr. King with a program that featured a display of King books and audio, the children in the tutorial program read books about King, while the adults did a crossword puzzle. The highlight of the evening was a lecture by Minister Evans titled "Great Leaders are Needed,Recognized or Not." The main point Minister Evans stressed during the presentation was that leadership is not about giving orders or directing others. Great leaders such as King, Garvey and Malcolm X were successful because they followed their own orders, performed tasks that they asked their supporters to carry out, and aligned themselves with people who knew more than they did. Great leaders must be able to lead themselves before they lead others. In spite of bone chilling temperatures, Minister Evans spoke to a packed house.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Kuumba and Imani

On December 31, the young people along with some of the adults, made red,black and green decorations from construction paper and pipe cleaners. Eleven-year-old India Sizer, daughter of sponsor Sonya Sizer, read an African folktale.


The finale of the First Fruits/Kwanzaa celebration (January 1, 2009) had at least 200 people enjoying the feast. Bishop Herman Dailey, Minister James Muhammad and Rev. Norman Roberts gave invocations to a truly interfaith, diverse audience. Jews, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, etc. attended. All colors within God’s creation came and participated.

Minister Akilah and Sister Shiminege did a great job in working with the organizer, Minister Lawrance Lee Evans. They made sure that all participants enjoy themselves. A special award was given to Bishop Herman Dailey for his outstanding work with the Outreach Community Center.

Brother Corey Tanksley gave a poem that made his godparents very proud. He did something that few people do. He said that he was a graduate of the Charles Riley Tutorial Program.

Sister Elizabeth Cooper played a special tribute to Odetta.

Gifts were given to participants by J & J Wholesale Plus, and books were given to the children of the Charles Riley Tutorial Program by Commissioner Malik Evans.

The transitioning from First Fruits to Kwanzaa celebration was made possible by Sister Ester Gliwinski, who coordinated African Mothers Day. Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr. organized the First Fruits/Kwanzaa celebration. The developer of Doology had the celebration at many other locations. Although the finale was the Kwanzaa Feast, he will be doing a Kwanzaa demonstration along with Minister Akilah in January. Call 585.461.0379 for more information.