LISTEN: After Arson Attack, Black Church and White Church in Mississippi Come Together; Tuskegee Airman Willie N. Rogers Dies at 101 (BCNN1, 11/26/2016)
1. According to the Associated Press, back in the 1960s, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. observed that Sunday morning is the most segregated time of the week in America, a fact that remains true in many communities today. But three weeks after their church in the Mississippi Delta was mostly destroyed by arson and someone spray-painted “Vote Trump” outside, an African-American congregation has been welcomed into the church of its white neighbors. The bishop of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, Clarence Green, says the generosity of First Baptist Church of Greenville demonstrates that “unlimited love” transcends social barriers. And his host, First Baptist’s senior pastor James Nichols, says their brothers and sisters in Christ are welcome to stay as long as they need a home.
2. According to USA Today, Willie N. Rogers, one of the oldest surviving members of the all-black Tuskegee Airmen, died Friday from complications of a stroke. He was 101. The longtime St. Petersburg, Fla., resident was a member of the original 100th Fighter Squadron established during World War II. He was wounded in action, shot in the stomach and leg by German soldiers, during a mission in Italy in January 1943. Rogers spent three months in a hospital in London before returning to the war, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Rogers didn’t reveal his service until 2012, partially because his work was in logistics and administration and not in the sky, family members said.
3. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. is scheduled to meet Monday in New York with President-elect Donald Trump, according to news reports quoting a Trump aide. Clarke, who runs as a Democrat, was a high-profile surrogate for Trump during the campaign. Clarke has been mentioned as a potential Trump appointee to head the Department of Homeland Security. “The sheriff has nothing to say,” Clarke’s spokeswoman, Fran McLaughlin, said Friday when asked to confirm Monday’s meeting.
4. According to the Los Angeles Sentinel, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), recently announced their Around the Globe in a Day initiative, a series of events across the world to commemorate World AIDS Day and continue to spread awareness about HIV and AIDS. The activities will include free concerts in Cambodia, Mexico City and the United States as well as free awareness and testing events throughout the U.S., Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Asia. The U.S. Keep the Promise Around the Globe in a Day advocacy effort and will take place on November 30th at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, CA. The event, hosted by critically acclaimed actress/choreographer Rosie Perez, will begin with a large Keep the Promise March on Hollywood Boulevard leading to a free concert at the theater with special performances by Grammy Award-winners Patti LaBelle and Common, as well as JoJo, Espinoza Paz, and B-Flow. AHF additionally confirms Latin singer/actor Jencarlos Canela has been added to the bill. Keep the Promise will also honor legendary entertainer, Harry Belafonte with AHF’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his charitable efforts and advocacy around the world.
5. According to Premier, Christian films should be realistic about the flaws and challenges believers face, and not portray a “goody two-shoes” world, according to David Oyelowo. Speaking to Premier ahead of his latest film, United Kingdom, being released in cinemas, the Christian actor suggested directors should be “truthful”, not “preachy”. He said: “If you’re going to make Christian films which paint the world as a goody two-shoes place where perfect Christians help people who aren’t so perfect come to the light, that’s just not the world we live in.”
6 . According to USA Today, Charlie Strong is out at Texas with a record of 16-21 in his three seasons as head coach. The decision announced Saturday comes after the Longhorns concluded their season with a 31-9 home loss to TCU. Longhorns athletics director Mike Perrin said in a statement that “after thorough evaluation, the body of work over three season has not shown the improvement we were hoping for. This was an important year for our program to take the next step, and the results simply aren’t there, so we’ve decided to make a change.” Strong released a statement saying he understands “it comes down to wins and losses and we have not done our job in that area.”
7. According to Sporting News, former NBA star Marcus Camby’s nine-year-old nephew Marcus McGhee was found dead on the family’s property in suburban Houston Saturday, two days after the autistic child vanished from a Thanksgiving Day celebration. Police found Marcus McGhee in a L-shaped lake behind Camby’s Pearland home, a spokesman for the Pearland Police Department told reporters. There no indications of foul play. Camby, 42, was the No. 2 overall pick in the 1996 draft and played 17 seasons in the league. The 2007 NBA Defensive Player of the Year was waived by the Rockets in 2013 and hasn’t played in the NBA since.