This is the Black Christian News Network Podcast for Monday, March 6, 2017.
1. According to the Miami Herald, African-Americans, whites and Latinos are united in their pessimism about the current and future state of race relations under President Donald Trump, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll. More than half of Americans believe race relations in the country have worsened over the last year and will continue to deteriorate under Trump. The poll found that 51 percent of registered voters think relations have gotten worse while only 10 percent think they have improved. And voters don’t have much hope that things will get better with Trump in the White House: Fifty-one percent also said they expect relations to worsen under Trump. This gloomy outlook spans racial lines, according to Lee Miringoff, the director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, which conducted the national survey. Sixty percent of Latinos, 57 percent of African-Americans and 50 percent of whites think relations have gotten worse over the last year.
2. According to NBC News, thousands of people in Alabama crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge from Selma into Montgomery on Sunday to recreate a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement on its 52nd anniversary. On March 7, 1965, images of police beating and throwing tear gas at 600 marchers flashed across television screens nationwide, capturing what is now known as “Bloody Sunday.” One hundred years earlier, the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the Constitution granted equal rights to all citizens, yet Jim Crow laws maintained segregation and disenfranchised black Americans.
3. According to WORLD News, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that Germany will help Egypt curb illegal migrant flow into Europe, especially through Libya. The promise came during a two-day visit to North Africa. Merkel will visit Tunisia today to discuss similar migration-control efforts. Germany suffered several terror attacks in 2016, the most deadly by a Tunisian man who staged a truck attack in Berlin after he was denied asylum. Germany’s current electoral season has put pressure on the country’s leaders to stem the thousands of migrants entering the country, as well as speed up the repatriation of those denied asylum. But analysts say the deals proposed so far could leave migrants at risk of more abuse. Following her meeting with Egyptian President Abdel el-Sisi, Merkel said Germany would help crack down on illegal migrant trafficking and strengthen the country’s coast guard.
4. According to the University of Virginia News, bringing together people from all walks of life, the first-ever “Liberation and Freedom Day,” held Friday at the University of Virginia and Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center, celebrated the end of slavery in Charlottesville, Virginia, 152 years ago. More than 150 people — black and white, of various ethnic backgrounds and religious faiths, young and old, students, professors and workers, community and political leaders — participated in the celebration that began at the UVA Chapel and included a march down Main Street to the Jefferson School. The Charlottesville City Council proclaimed March 3 to be “Liberation and Freedom Day,” commemorating the date when enslaved individuals were able to follow the path to freedom after Union troops met with UVA and city officials on the spot where the chapel was later built.
5. According to the Citizen, on the 104th anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s death, the newest unit of Maryland’s state park system will be dedicated in the abolitionist’s honor. The opening of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park in Church Creek, Maryland, will be celebrated at a ceremony Friday, March 10. The 17-acre park, which features a $21 million visitor center, will open to the public Saturday, March 11. The park will provide historical information on Tubman’s early life. She was born into slavery in Maryland and spent her childhood and a portion of her adult years there. She escaped from slavery in 1849, but returned to Maryland to lead family and friends to freedom.
6. According to the Christian Post, Reverend A.R. Bernard, who is featured along with skeptics and ministers alike in CNN’s second season of “Finding Jesus” which returned March 5, says Christians should not be afraid to engage with people who do not believe what they believe. The hit series first premiered last year and took the faith community by storm as well-known pastors, theologians, and scholars examined famous religious artifacts in hopes of bringing to life the places and people from the Bible who were touched by Jesus and the good news of his death, burial and resurrection. The second installment will go further in the quest to discover Christ, this time exploring faith, fact and forgery. It explores the childhood home of Jesus, the tomb of King Herod, the bones of St. Peter, relics believed to shed truth about doubting Thomas, the Pilate stone and the tomb of Lazarus.
7. According to UPI, Showtime Documentary Films has confirmed its Whitney Houston documentary Whitney: Can I Be Me will premiere at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival next month. The Nick Broomfield-helmed movie will air on Showtime later this year. Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of documentary and unscripted programming for Showtime Networks, said in a statement, “Nick is a bold storyteller with an acclaimed track record of provocative documentary filmmaking. Showtime Documentary Films is excited to partner with him on this project, as he delves deep into the life of Whitney Houston to tell the real story behind the rise and fall of one of America’s most iconic singers.” Houston was a six-time Grammy-winner whose bright career was eclipsed by years of drug addiction and erratic behavior. She accidentally drowned in a hotel bathtub, while intoxicated in 2012. She was 48.