In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Praise be to Him. Praise be to Him Praise be to Allah, SW.
Dear Fasting Muslims,
Congratulations for completing yet another successful Ramadan. I ask Allah, praise be to His name, to accept all our ibaadat during the month. May we all have a blessed concluding Eid al Fitar tomorrow in sha Allah!
I would like to also thank all non-Muslims who fellowship with their observing Muslim neighbors this Ramadan. May our neighborly interactions continue on unabated!
As Allah, SW, Has stated concerning the purpose of fasting, “so that we may attain purposeful lives.” Alhamdulillah!
Since the most purposeful living in Islam is to live in and promote peace, I invite you all (Muslims and non-Muslims) to make peaceful coexistence our number one priority, especially when we know nothing else matters in its absence. Let peace in our neighborhoods become a reality to all here forward.
From Friday, June 22, 2018 we will resume our ‘Meeting of Peaceful Minds’ during the weekly Community Peacemakers Networking Dinners in preparation of the fast approaching Peace December 2018.
To be members of our Peace December 2018 host committee or join our growing Peace December Ambassadors force, please feel free to contact us. Thank you all and have you a blissfully peaceful year. “Love is natural. Hate is learned. Peace must be inevitable. #peacedecember2018 #peaceittogether #peacefulcoexistence
BE ORDINARY OR BE A PEACEBUILDER!
By Robert Press
During the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement in 1955 there was a young 15 year old girl who stood up for her right to sit on a bus in Montgomery Alabama. Her name was Claudette Colvin who happened to be colored (the term used back then), and she became an unsung hero of the Civil Rights Movement after being taken off the bus by police for refusing to give her seat up to a young white woman.
As Ms. Colvin told the audience Sunday, “I paid my bus fare and it is my constitutional right to sit here.” That lasted only until police officers boarded the bus to arrest Ms. Colvin. She said that she had been inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King who was seeking equality in the south by the Civil Right’s Movement. Ms. Colvin went on to say that her colored friends who were with her and gave up their seats stayed away from her.
Ms. Colvin mentioned that a male classmate who was friendly with a white girl wound up being lynched a few years later after six white claimed that he raped them. Life was very tough for a young colored girl growing up in the south during her childhood. Life was tough for all colored people who were treated as second class citizens in the south.
While Ms. Claudette Colvin’s event on a Montgomery Alabama bus preceded Rosa Parks, Ms. Colvin did not receive the media coverage that Ms. Parks was given. That was because the Civil Rights Movement had progressed, and the time the Rosa Parks incident came about it was then news. Ms. Colvin did testify before the Supreme Court in the case that determined that bus segregation in Alabama was unconstitutional. That then began the desegregation movement in Alabama and the rest of the south.
Congressman Joe Crowley was on hand to present to Ms. Colvin a flag which flew over the U.S. Capital, and said that Ms. Colvin is a fine example of greatness and what is good in this country. Congressman Crowley added that he is honored to commend Ms. Colvin for her Courageous achievements.
Ms. Colvin also received a proclamation from State Senator Luis Sepulveda. Senator Sepulveda spoke of his grandfather who taught him about the Civil Rights Movement, and that Ms. Colvin’s act should be in the history books also. he added that it took courage for a 15 year old black girl to do what you did by saying “no I have a constitutional right to sit here.” He finished by saying “Ms. Colvin – you are history.”
Ms. Colvin stayed to take questions from members of the audience, and take photos with them.
Standing next to her is John Perez
State Senator Luis Sepulveda, Ms. Claudette Colvin, Congressman Joe Crowley, and the President of the Parkchester NAACP Ms. Beverly Roberts.
Ms. Colvin taking questions from members of the audience. jennifer Onomo is her asking question.
The officers and committee members of the Parkchester NAACP with Ms. Colvin.