Christine Weerts, author of “Heroes of Faith: Rosa J. Young,” is a researcher with the Alabama Black Lutheran Heritage Association. She won a commendation from the Concordia Historical Institute in 2020 for her historical writing on race. A freelance writer, she has degrees in music (BA) and religion (MA).
Good Friday—a holiday in just 10 states—is celebrated by most Christian denominations, with fasting and somber worship services that often end in silence.
This March 7 marks the 56th anniversary of the ‘Bloody Sunday’ when 600 peaceful marchers were met with violence at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Hosea Williams was leading them.
‘Steal Away’ pairs the pathos of backbreaking, heart-crushing slavery – the startling realization that a slave has to ‘steal’ his own self away to be free – with the promise of ultimate deliverance in Jesus.
With a career that took him all over the world, the song James Weldon Johnson most cherished was one he wrote to celebrate Abraham Lincoln in 1900.
‘I had an ambition to work for the Lord and my race. I had great enthusiasm to serve my people; my heart was overwhelmed with compassion for them,’ wrote Rosa Young.
Fourth-generation farmer Chris Wyatt was struggling to work his family land. That is, until last November when he got a big boost from readers of The Federalist.
More than 16 million Americans fought in World War II. The fewer than 325,000 still with us deserve our attention, our love, and our unending gratitude.
Talking about that Thanksgiving tragedy 19 years ago, Chris Wyatt weeps openly. Today, he’s carrying on his granddad’s legacy as an African-American small farmer who owns his land.
While national campaign rhetoric can be both divisive and dispiriting, getting involved in a local campaign was edifying and encouraging.
James Steele rose from a middle-school dropout from the ‘hood’ to the president of his local Rotary Club. Now, he’s helping take down polio once and for all.
After three hours battling the brutal storm and winds recorded at 120 mph, the battered old ship began to finally break down. El Faro was in trouble.
Since COVID-19 mask mandates and social distancing, my mother has lost much of her ability to navigate through the hearing world, decreasing her independence and confidence.
The mourning of a loved one is best done with those who knew and loved him: family, friends, and church members. It’s hard to do alone.
‘The songs of Stephen Foster…have been a source of inspiration to every writer of popular songs.’ While deeply influential, Foster’s short life was not without controversy or hardship.
Somewhere along the 55-mile voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965, 15-year-old Betty Anderson, whose father was a shoemaker, wore a large hole in her shoe. But that didn’t stop her.
These composers and singers of the faith championed a musical style that crosses denominations and transcends race: black gospel music.
First Baptist has always had strong members whose faith, tested and tried with slavery, Jim Crow segregation, intimidation, violence, and even a devastating tornado, triumphed over all.
In the bleak midwinter 155 years ago this month, my great-great-Uncle Cornelius M. Dearth died here — on the grounds of the Civil War POW camp in Andersonville, Georgia. He was 22.
Thelma Kennedy, a 78-year-old Alabama woman, had a hard life. But that didn’t stop her from pouring herself into her six kids and more than 20 foster children — and everyone else she met.
‘I have always loved listening to the stories from ‘old times,’ and I am proud of all my family has accomplished despite coming out of the horrible sin of slavery,’ says Betty Anderson, 69.
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