LISTEN: Gospel Stars to Perform Music Tribute to Bishop Paul Morton (UCNN 4/2/17)

1. Joy 105 – Some of gospel music’s biggest names will gather on April 7, 2017, for a live musical tribute to Bishop Paul S. Morton. Scheduled artists are Kurt Carr, Kierra Sheard, Le’Andria Johnson, Kurt Carr, Ted Winn, LaShun Pace, Ricky Dillard and others. The event will take place at Brown Missionary Baptist Church (Pastor Bartholomew Orr) in Southaven, Miss.

2. Chicago Sun Times – Three men were killed and at least six others have been wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday evening. Most recently, a 23-year-old man was shot to death about 11:40 p.m. Saturday in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side, according to Chicago Police. He was sitting in a parked vehicle in the 5200 block of West Chicago when two males walked up and shot him in the head and chest before running away. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The Cook County medical examiner’s office did not immediately provide information on the fatality.

3. AP – A slim majority of Americans favor an independent investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties with the Russian government, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research that showed public views about the controversy driving congressional investigations are sharply divided along party lines. Amid questions swirling in Washington that have forced the resignation of one top Trump official and the scrutiny of several others, most Americans say they’re at least somewhat concerned about the possibility that the Republican businessman’s campaign had inappropriate contacts with the Russian government, but less than half say they’re very concerned.

4. Emory University News – Building upon an already stellar 2017, the Emory Black Law Students Association, along with the entire Emory Law community, can now boast that Janiel Myers has been named the first black editor-in-chief of the Emory Law Journal, the law school’s oldest publication. Myers, the chapter’s Academic and Professionalism Success chair, credits the BLSA leadership for encouraging her to participate in the write-on competition. “If it weren’t for the BLSA leadership last year, I probably wouldn’t be where I am today,” Myers says. “They poured all of their energy and resources to make sure that I (and my classmates) succeeded.” Her own stellar performance, however, is what garnered her the coveted position. Her election demonstrates the evolution of the 65-year-old publication and reflects the depth of talent and breadth of experience within the Emory student body.

5. AFRO – Omarosa Manigault, President Donald Trump’s director of communications for public liaison, walked out of a breakfast meeting she had requested to attend, hosted by the National Newspaper Publishers Association last week after disputing the accuracy of a story written by this reporter in January. The sudden move by the minister and reality star clearly shocked NNPA members and their guests in the March 23 meeting; especially since Manigault had called the chair of the historic group the night before and “asked to attend”, according to NNPA Chair Denise Rolark Barnes. Plus, during opening remarks, Manigault had praised Black journalists for historically asking “the tough questions”. Manigault became agitated after this reporter asked a question following up on a story published under her byline for the Trice Edney News Wire Jan. 8. The story quoted civil rights lawyer Barbara Arnwine as stating that Manigault promised the “first interview” with Trump to NNPA President Benjamin Chavis during a Jan. 4 Trump transition team meeting with Black leaders. Manigault doesn’t dispute having promised the interview. However, she was incensed because the story said she promised Chavis “the first” interview.

6. AP – John L. Harrison Jr., who served as a World War II pilot with the famed all-Black Tuskegee Airmen, has died. He was 96. Harrison died March 22 at a hospice in Philadelphia, according to the Murphy Ruffenach Funeral Home. A funeral with military honors was held Friday. Harrison was 22 when he became one of America’s first Black military airmen, one of nearly 1,000 pilots who trained as a segregated unit with the Army Air Forces at an airfield near Tuskegee, Alabama.

7. NYT – Roger Wilkins, who championed civil rights for black Americans for five decades as an official in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, a foundation executive, a journalist, an author and a university professor, died on Sunday in Kensington, Md. He was 85. His daughter Elizabeth confirmed his death, at a care facility. The cause was complications of dementia. A black lawyer in the corridors of power, Mr. Wilkins was an assistant United States attorney general, ran domestic programs for the Ford Foundation, wrote editorials for The Washington Post and The New York Times, taught history at George Mason University for nearly 20 years and was close to leading lights of literature, music, politics, journalism and civil rights. Roy Wilkins, who led the N.A.A.C.P. from 1955 to 1977, was his uncle.

As you go throughout this day, keep this word in mind: Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.”

David Allen said, “Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they’ve started.”

God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16, “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.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Thanks so much for listening and may God bless your day!