Kwanzaa Celebration at Shrine of the Black Madonna

At the Shrine of the Black Madonna in West End, young people help Jumoke Ifetayo light the Kwanzaa candles for the second of seven days of celebration. 

Kwanzaa is started in 1965 by Dr. Maulana Karenga in Chicago.  It is celebrated December 26 – January 1.

The foundation of Kwanzaa are the Seven Principles, or Nguzo Saba. When Dr. Karenga created the kinaracelebration of Kwanzaa he wanted to reflect the best qualities and characteristics of the “first fruit” or harvest festivals that were celebrated throughout Africa. It was these qualities that established the Nguzo Saba, or Seven Principles of Kwanzaa. (Nguzo Saba is Kiswahili for Seven Principles).*

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“The children will carry on the traditions of the land. So we must teach them the history”, said the narrator.

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These children dance with the rattle instrument, the shekere,  as the narrator tells an African story with drums.

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Rev. Keith Slaughter (above), a WAOK talk show host is tonight’s speaker.  He gives the message entitled, “Stand Your Ground”, in celebration of Day 2, Kujichagulia, self-determination. ‘Stand not to kill people, but to claim what is rightfully ours, what we need…our fair share.  Be truthful and put on the full armour of God as you fight for justice in this world. Pray the righteous will be there for us and beware of the haters!’

Rev. Slaughter’s message was powerful, informative, passionate, on point and short!  He was definitely on his game!

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A packed crowd looks on at the Shrine of the Black Madonna during the 15th Annual Kwanzaa celebration at 960 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd.

There will be five more nights of Kwanzaa at the Shrine with speakers including Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore on Saturday 2pm-6pm, and Rev. Derrick Rice on a Faith Panel on Tuesday, 4pm-8pm.  For more information, call (404) 549-8676 or (404) 444-6696.

Also, the Shrine has free Black History classes every Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.  Plan to attend with your family and friends.

*From:  http://www.holidays.net/kwanzaa/principles.htm

Happy Birthday Wishes

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Thanks to all my friends who sent me Happy Birthday wishes today. 

Yep!  I am 40 again!

I spent most the day at City Hall at the Transportation Committee Meeting (it was much longer than usual) doing what I love:  advocating on behalf of residents for equity in local public projects.

After that, I reminded people in my path to early vote or vote on Tuesday, December 4 in the Georgia runoff elections.  The two items on the ballot, Secretary of State and Public Service Commission are very important offices.

For dinner, I ate at one of my favorite vegan restaurants (healthy meals and healthy living can translate into more birthdays!).

I also thanked The Lord for another awesome day and birthday.

 

Ebenezer Baptist Has Serious GOTV Events

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To inspire all to vote, especially the youth, Clark Atlanta’s marching band performed on “College Sunday”, Oct. 14 at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

As Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the church of Martin Luther King, Sr. and Martin Luther King. Jr., it is expected that they stay entrenched in the foundational issues that  are key to achieving social justice.

Here are ways to get involved in the 2018 Election:
Don’t just sit there. Stand Up, get involved, get valuable info to share with your circle of friends and family.  IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.  

Come be a part of our ELECTION SEASON EVENTS.

The Midterm election is upon us and it is very critical that everybody gets out and vote. At Ebenezer. The Social Justice Ministry and the New Georgia Project are encouraging everyone to early vote or by absentee ballot.

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The Clark-Atlanta choir filled with angelic voices, sang beautifully on College Sunday at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Please click on your county link to see your early voting location. EACH ONE REACH MORE.

Fulton County: http://www.fultoncountyga.gov/registration-elections-cd/7448-early-voting

DeKalb County: https://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/voter-registration-elections/current-election-information

Cobb County: https://www.cobbelections.org/AdvanceVoting.php
Once you have voted early, we need you to volunteer to help us encourage more people to vote. The Social Justice Ministry has a series of events leading up to elections day and we need your help. Here are two opportunities for you to help us in this effort.

For other counties, go to your county elections website or visit: http://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov

  1. Event: EBC Cares: Walk the Ward Canvassing

Goal is to knock on everybody’s door that resides in Old 4th Ward to encourage them to vote.

Date: Saturday, October 27th
Time: 11:00am-6:00pm
Location: Cyber Cafe in MLK Sr. Resource Center

  1. Event: Get out to Vote Rally

Date: Monday, November 5th
Time: 5:00pm-9:00pm
Location: The Heritage Sanctuary

Our voice begins at the ballet box but it does not stop there. We must continue the fight to create we want to see in the world. Here are the opportunities to continue justice seeking.

  1. Event: The Connect: Chat, Chow & Chill (College Students Only)

Date: Various Dates
Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm
Location: Banquet Hall, MLK Sr. Resource Center
Contact Minister Darin Waite at darienw@ebenezeratl.org for more information.

  1. Event: Young Adult Ministry Bible Study: The Social Gospel

Special Guest: Rev Bill Honor
Date: Thursday, October 18th
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm
Location: Cyber Cafe
Contact Minister Bronson Woods at bronsonw@ebenezeratl.org