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Uhuru Week begins on August 14!:

First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. invites you to attend our annual week long celebration of the anniversary of the Honorable Marcus Garvey's birth, also known as Uhuru Week. "Uhuru" means freedom in Swahili. Uhuru Week begins on August 14 and concludes on August 20. Minister Lawrance Lee Evans, our National Minister, will speak at all seven events, which will all  take place at 219 Hamilton Street.

Our schedule is as follows:
  • Sunday, August 14, 4 PM: hostess is Sister Uwimana Oni, promoter of Minister Evans. She will give her presentation on the Asante (Ashanti) Nation of Ghana.
  • Monday, August 15, 6 PM: hostess is Sister Shiminege, promoter of the Charles Riley Tutorial Program. She will give her presentation on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and discuss the way too early loss of her brother and niece in 1986 at the Sylvester and Stacey Johnson Memorial.
  • Tuesday, August 16, 6 PM: host is Brother Zeb, promoter of the Black Koptic Press Release. He will give his presentation on the Akan nation of Ghana.
  • Wednesday, August 17, 6 PM: on the 129th birthday of Marcus Garvey, the host is Brother Brian, Minister Evans' chief assistant. He will give his presentation on the Zulu Nation of Southern Africa.
  • Thursday, August 18, 6 PM: assessment and review
  • Friday, August 19,  6 PM: host is Brother Leo, the promoter of security. He will give his presentation on the Igbo (Ibo) Nation.
  • Saturday, August 20, 6 PM: hostess is Sister Brenda Snow. The Johnny Brown Defense Committee will provide musical entertainment.
Below Minister Evans speaks at the most recent Martha Jordan Dinner, July 9, 2016 in Elyria, Ohio during the FCII Festival.


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Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr. is now an ancestor!

The Rochester (NY) community and the Elyria (OH) community are saddened by the passing of a distinguished scholar, researcher, community organizer, teacher, case manager, and clergyman, the renowned Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr, who transitioned on Sunday, September 9. from a brief illness.

This morning (September 14, 2018) will be his homegoing service at Aenon Baptist Church, 175 Genesee Street, Rochester NY 14611.

Please keep the Minister's immediate and extended family, and the First Community Interfaith Institute of Rochester and Elyria in your prayers.

= If you are in the Rochester area please pick up a copy of the September 12 edition of the Challenger Community News. On page 2 is a beautiful article that summed up the legacy of this great man. I did not get the permission of the  Challenger Community News to reprint their article, thus, I cannot include it in the blog at this time.

Hot off the press: Doology: My Meditations and Inspirations from Minister Lawrance Lee Evans is available

Minister Lawrance Lee Evans, Sr. 's legacy is finally out in a book format.  One of his adult students, Sister Brenda Snow, active in the Institute for three years, was so inspired by Minister Evans' lessons and the audio lessons of his late queen, Minister Akilah Ife, that she decided to write her debut book Doology: My Meditations and Inspirations from Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr.  The book is now available for purchase for $15.00 USD. A prolific writer, Sister Snow uses various Biblical verses to express her love for the Evans family and explain the discipline of Doology. Sister Brenda is currently interning with Minister Evans for one year in preparation to become a minister in her own right.

Here is a link to the order form that you can download and print to order the book:

Pre-order Doology: My Meditations and Inspirations

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