September 15th, 1963 is a day forever etched into Barbara Cross’ mind as the day that changed everything for her and her family. It was the day of the 16thStreet Baptist Church Bombing. Ku Klux Klan members had placed a bomb in the basement of the historically African American church earlier that morning. The bombing claimed the lives of four little girls: Denise McNair, Carol Robertson, Addie Mae Collins and Cynthia Wesley.
Clarkston, Georgia is a unique suburb nestled on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia. It was named by the US Census Bureau as one of the most diverse cities in the United States. To many in the Atlanta area, Clarkston is known as a quiet city that welcomes refugees – it was designed to do so during the Reagan administration.
When I first received the invitation to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the law building at Mercer University, I did not anticipate that I would end up writing a story on Clarence Thomas. In fact, I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but after hearing Supreme Court Judge Thomas speak, I felt compelled to share his story.
Lucado believes that our political culture and present national discourse is not helping or serving our culture well. "Our society is politically divided more than ever before, I haven't seen anything like it before," the Oak Hills Church pastor shared.
So, how do we fix the division and general lack of happiness? Lucado believes there are three solutions.
Léonce Crump, Pastor of Renovation Church in Atlanta, is a busy man. Amid juggling personal and pastoral life, he offers undivided time and attention to address the issues of race in America. From his leadership position in his multiethnic church, Crump communicates with compassion and brutal honesty and isn't afraid to tackle one issue that is particularly pressing and is dividing our country and the American church—slave reparations.