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687 First Day of Black History Month

Day 687 Tuesday, February 1, 2022

First Day of Black History Month

But First: An Announcement from Victoria MacDonald

Federation of Christian Ministries Announcement: Victoria encourages as many people as possible to participate in the FCM / Faith Communities Series which starts TodayTuesday, February 1, 2022 at 5pm on ZOOM.

It’s an opportunity for all of us in our Emmaus Community to listen to and also to share about the origins, blessings and hopes of our Emmaus Community ... and to see what a great small faith community model Emmaus might be for those hungering for a place to nurture and strengthen their faith and to create a deep sense of what a beloved community can be. Respectfully submitted, Victoria MacDonald

Day and Time: All zoom meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of each month and begin promptly at 5 pm Pacific Time and end at 6 pm Pacific Time.

Session 1: Tuesday February 1

Title: Following the Way of Jesus: Starting a House Church

Resource: The article “Following the Way of Jesus/ Starting a House Church.” by Virginia (Ginny) Graf

What did you take away from reading the article?

What aspects of a House Church appeal to you?

What new ideas did you gain from reading the article?

What are the challenges in starting a house church in 2022?

Zoom: All sessions will be on Zoom. If you have not been on Zoom and you need assistance, please email Ginny Cusack at before January 30 so she can walk you through the simple process of accessing the zoom meeting. She will be unable to help you the night of the sessions.

Here is the zoom link that will be used for all five sessions.

Meeting ID: 818 1466 9170

Dial by your location

+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)

Daily Reflection: What to Watch, Explore and Listen to This Black History Month

WATCH: American Reckoning

Coming this February on FRONTLINE, an investigation into the 1960s murder of an NAACP treasurer in Natchez, Mississippi, reveals an untold story of the civil rights movement and Black resistance.

From FRONTLINE and Retro Report with support from Chasing the Dream, the new, feature-length documentary American Reckoning chronicles what led up to the 1967 killing of Wharlest Jackson Sr., the murder's impact on the local Black community and the Jackson family's search for justice.

American Reckoning is the latest component in FRONTLINE’s multiplatform Un(re)solved project exploring civil rights era killings. It premieres Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 10/9c on PBS (check local listings). It will also be available to stream on FRONTLINE's website and YouTube channel, as well as in the PBS Video App.

With intimate, archival film footage of the civil rights era — much of it never-before broadcast, from filmmakers Ed Pincus and David Neuman, and made available through the Amistad Research Center — American Reckoning offers a window into the story of a Black-led self-defense movement in Natchez, as well as Jackson Sr.'s funeral and its aftermath.

The documentary also taps into the groundbreaking reporting of Concordia Sentinel journalist Stanley Nelson, who investigated allegations of the involvement of a Ku Klux Klan offshoot, known as the Silver Dollar Group, in Jackson’s murder.

American Reckoning is a FRONTLINE Production with 371 Productions, in association with Retro Report. The producers, writers, and directors are Brad Lichtenstein and Yoruba Richen. The executive producer for Retro Report is Kyra Darnton. The executive producers for FRONTLINE’s Un(re)solved initiative are Dawn Porter and Raney Aronson-Rath. The executive producer of FRONTLINE is Raney Aronson-Rath.


EXPLORE: A Quilted Forest of Lives Cut Short & a Curriculum Highlighting Their Stories

At the center of the U.S. government’s effort to right the wrongs of unresolved civil rights era killings is a list of more than 150 names, each representing a life cut short.

In the Un(re)solved web interactive, say their names and learn their stories.

The interactive is available now on FRONTLINE's website and can be experienced on your phone or your computer. From creative director Tamara Shogaolu, it was recently named a 2022 SXSW Innovation Awards Finalist.

Plus: A companion curriculum for high school teachers produced by PBS LearningMedia, GBH Education and FRONTLINE encourages students to confront America’s legacy of racist killings, to explore why so many of these cases remain unresolved, and to learn the known and unknown stories of civil rights figures.


ENGAGE: Through a Series of Special Events

Throughout February and all of 2022, join FRONTLINE and our partners for a number of special events, some virtual and some in-person, that explore the history brought to light in American Reckoning and in the Un(re)solved project as a whole. Here's a sampling:

Feb. 11

Natchez Chamber of Commerce American Reckoning event in Natchez, MS with directors Brad Lichtenstein and Yoruba Richen Event will stream on the organization's Facebook page

Feb. 11-17 American Reckoning theatrical debut Laemmle Monica Film Center, CA Feb. 17 American Reckoning: A Virtual Conversation With Directors Brad Lichtenstein and Yoruba Richen RSVP now

Visit the Un(re)solved events page throughout February for the most up-to-date information on these and other programs.


LISTEN: To a Podcast About the Past, the Present

and the Meaning of Justice

“George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. … These names, these moments go back much further in time. Across my parents' lifetime, my grandparents' and beyond.” host and reporter James Edwards

In the Un(re)solvedpodcast, recently nominated for an NAACP Image Award, James Edwards set out to understand how the list of names associated with the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act came to be; what justice could look like today, decades after the crimes; the lasting impact on the victims’ families and how the past lingers in the present.

Listen to the full series now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts.


EXPERIENCE: The Un(re)solved Installation

Who are the men, women and children whose cases were re-examined under the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act? Visit the Un(re)solved installation uses augmented reality to bring civil rights era killings out of the shadows of the past. The full installation (pictured above during its world debut at the 2021 Tribeca Festival in New York City) is on display at the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago through March 27, 2022.


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