Monday, December 17, 2018

Kwanzaa 2018 press release


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First Fruits at First Community Interfaith Institute Inc will end with the beginning of Kwanzaa according to Dr. Maulana Karenga. Starting on Wednesday, December 26, 2018  until December 31 at 6 PM, the Institute's students, members and supporters will reflect on the first six principles of the Nguzo Saba  (unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose and creativity). First Community Interfaith Institute located at 219 Hamilton Street, Rochester NY.

The highlight of the seven day Kwanzaa observance will be the Kwanzaa Feast, to be held on January 1, 2019, 6 pm,  at the Avenue Blackbox Theater, 780 Joseph Avenue, Rochester NY. The principle for the Kwanzaa Feast (karamu) is faith. All seven activities are free and open to the public

First Community Interfaith Institute Inc is a spiritual and cultural organization, plus  a teaching church. Since 1970, the Institute has used African history and culture in its educational programs for adults and students. The late Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr(1945-2018) was the founder of First Community Interfaith Institute Inc and the developer of the discipline of Doology. 


Friday, September 14, 2018

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.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The 39th Annual FCII Festival is now the Minister Akilah Ife Evans Festival!

First Community Interfaith Institute of Ohio, located in Elyria, Ohio (23 miles southwest of Cleveland) is once again sponsoring the newly renamed Minister Akilah Ife Evans Festival.  The festival will take place July 12-15 at two venues: Kanisa House (the headquarters of FCII Ohio) and Lorain County Community College. This year's theme is "Differences Matter." For the complete schedule, email

Monday, January 22, 2018

Supporters Day in Honor of Charles Riley is on Feb 17


On Saturday, February 17, 2018 (6 PM), the First Community Interfaith Institute Inc., located at 219 Hamilton Street, Rochester NY, will highlight its Black History Month with its “Supporters Day in Honor of Charles Riley.” The classes at First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. will concentrate on the classic book by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, The Miseducation of the Negro.

”Supporters Day in Honor of Charles Riley” (February 17, 2018, 6: 00 PM) will accent the importance of the foot soldiers who have helped to make our history and our leaders. The late Charles Riley (1958-1997) is an example of many foot soldiers who helped make our community better. The Charles Riley Tutorial Program is named after Charles Riley, who was a strong supporter of First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. and volunteered his time, energy and money to help with the after-school program at First Community Interfaith Institute Inc.

Dr. Woodson wrote about people like Charles Riley when he wrote:
“Under leadership, we have been constrained to do the biddings of others; by service, we may work out a program in the light of our own circumstances. Under leadership we have become poverty-stricken; by service, we may teach the masses how to earn a living honestly…”

The late Charles Riley gave his service and he contributed to helping many young people in our after-school program. As Dr. Woodson wrote:
“The race needs workers, not leaders. Such workers will solve the problems which race leaders talk about and raise money to enable them to talk more about…”
Indeed the late Charles Riley “translated the idea of leadership into that of service…”

Memories from the 41st Minister Akilah Ife Evans Festival July 9-12, 2020

Photos were taken by Sister Tyjohnna Snow-Brown