LISTEN: Benjamin Watson Solution for Racial Reconciliation is Found in the Bible (Black Christian News Network 3/26/17)

1. According to the Christian Post, NFL star Benjamin Watson said at the Billy Graham Library on Saturday that the solution for racial reconciliation can be found in one book: the Bible. The Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina, opened its doors to Watson for an autograph book signing for Under Our Skin. Before sitting down to sign autographs, the 36 year old took a moment to address those in attendance. Watson said: “As we look at the topic of race in our country we sometimes do not know how to go about it. For some of us we can’t talk about it because it’s so painful and we have so much emotion that we do not know what’s going to come out of our mouths.” He added that, as Christians, everyone must approach race through the scope of what Scripture says. During a time when some would rather pit people against each other and promoting “hate” and “separatism,” Watson hopes those who follow Jesus would look to the Word of God and not the patterns of society.

2. According to PR Newswire, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) together with the National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) announce the launch of a church-based initiative addressing striking health disparities among African Americans with multiple myeloma. Black Americans have twice the incidence of multiple myeloma as white Americans, and recent studies show black Americans are significantly less likely to receive the newest treatments or combination therapies, and are more likely to experience treatment delays, including transplant delays. The multifaceted program, called Myeloma Link: Connecting African American Communities to Information, Expert Care, and Support, will improve access to novel therapies and quality of life among African Americans with myeloma, by providing tools and resources to navigate the treatment landscape more effectively and cope with the disease. It is the first collaboration between the NBCI and a major health advocacy organization to heighten awareness of myeloma. The goal is to increase knowledge about multiple myeloma and available treatments, provide critical information and resources, and encourage patients and caregivers to use a new, sustainable support infrastructure.

3. According to Lancaster Online, marriage is in decline in America. According to U.S. Census data, only 50 percent of Americans are married now, compared to 72 percent in 1960. Among African-Americans, the numbers are even more striking. Only 29 percent over the age of 15 are married, and 50 percent have never been married. Those are statistics that the Rev. Jamal Brown, of Family Restoration Worship Center in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, would like to change. The church, now in its second year, is embarking on a one-year observance of families and marriage tied to Sunday’s National Black Marriage Day. Brown said: “It’s a movement to celebrate the black family. We’re promoting healthy marriage, even in the face of adversity.” Part of the yearlong plan is to show that the stereotype of the broken family is not representative of everyone in the African-American community. Although the event is centered around Black Marriage Day, Brown said his message includes everyone, regardless of race, creed or sexual orientation.

4. According to the Richmond Free Press, Corey D.B. Walker, a scholar, author and college dean, will return to Virginia Union University to lead the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, where he once studied for the ministry. VUU officials announced Monday that the Board of Trustees chose Dr. Walker to succeed Dr. John W. Kinney as senior vice president and dean of the graduate seminary, effective July 1. Dr. Kinney, 69, who has held the post for 27 years, announced recently that he would step down as dean June 30, although he plans to continue to teach at the school. VUU officials noted that Dr. Walker, who earned his master’s of divinity from VUU, would bring a wealth of academic experience to the post.

5. According to HBCU Digest, Lincoln University President Kevin Rome will be named to the same position at Fisk University, sources close to the school’s board of trustees have confirmed. Dr. Rome, who has served in Missouri since June 2013, will lead the historic private HBCU as its first permanent president since the resignation of H. James Williams in 2015, who left Nashville less than three years after his appointment due to reported differences of opinion with the board of trustees. The Morehouse College alumnus leaves Jefferson City on the heels of controversy over its academic alignment, and the reinstatement of its history degree program, while the state faces significant challenges with cuts to public higher education. The Fisk board is expected to announce Dr. Rome as its president-elect this week.

6. According to the Associated Press, police in South Carolina say a 19-year-old black man spray-painted racist, misogynistic and anti-gay graffiti on three buildings, including a library named for one of the black victims of the Charleston church shootings. A police report says the graffiti left at the Cynthia Hurd Library on March 13 targeted black women, the police and white people. Hurd was one of nine black parishioners fatally shot by a white supremacist at the Emanuel AME Church in 2015. A police report says graffiti on the other three buildings included racial slurs against blacks and Hispanics. Jail records show Cainin Milton was arrested Thursday and charged with four counts of malicious injury to real property. The records didn’t show an attorney for Milton, and no police report was available to explain a possible motive.

7. According to the Christian Post, Gospel singer Kierra Sheard comes from generations of renowned worshipers, but that doesn’t mean she’s afraid of exposing the dirty details of her personal life that might help save souls when the music stops. Sheard, the 29-year-old daughter of singer Karen Clark Sheard and granddaughter of the famed choir director Mattie Moss Clark, is doing just that in the Centric TV docu-series “Being.” In the show that documents the lives of entertainers, Sheard doesn’t hold back in her March 25 episode that tackles issues like her unhealthy relationships and decision to undergo plastic surgery. Even though the singer had cameras following her during her family’s 2013 reality TV series “The Sheards,” a lot has happened in four years. In “Being,” Sheard will dig deep about her music career, childhood and personal journey as a young adult. In the show, viewers will hear from Sheard’s childhood friends, including her best friend who later died from sickle cell disease. The show might be one of Sheard’s most revealing feats yet.

That’s all for today. You can read these stories and more online at BCNN1.com

In closing, remember, the good news of God’s love. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Thanks for listening. May God bless your day.