To Serve

By Rebecca S. Jones HOUSTON – St. John United Methodist Church-Downtown has emerged into one of the most socially conscious and culturally diverse religious facilities in the city. From an initial membership of nine established in 1992, St. John’s has seen over 32,000 members to date. Having no prior religious background, Pastor Rudy Rasmus and

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Elections Matter

By Senator Borris Miles Last week, my colleague and good friend, Senator Royce West announced his candidacy for US Senate in the Democratic Primary. Senator West and I have fought together for more than 20 years on criminal justice reforms, giving kids a high-quality education and making higher education more affordable and accessible. This year,

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Keeping the Legacy Alive

Photo credit: Kim Christensen/Special to the Houston Chronicle To the editor, This week, we mourn the loss of Dr. Edith Irby Jones, who died at the age of 91. She was a champion of human rights in the field of medicine, primarily promoting access to care for the poor. Her recognition of those individuals in

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Agriculture Science Conservation Camp

By Marcus Glenn HOUSTON – Black United Fund of Texas, Nature Heritage Society, Four W’s Fishing Team and a group of professional Black outdoorsmen created the Agriculture Science Conservation Camp to expose youth to careers in agriculture and conservation. The Acres Home Chamber for Business & Economic Development recently, had 21 participants from both the

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Living Legend: Patricia Smith Prather

Ms. Prather became the consultant to the Houston Public Library’s African American Library at the Gregory School in February 2009. Her duties included assisting with collection and archive development, along with donation obtainment. She collected photographs and artifacts for the Gregory School’s exhibits, as well as papers, letters, and other documents for the archives. She

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Our Mother of Mercy Parish Celebrated 25 Years of Service

Source/Photo credit: Provost Studios The Our Mother of Mercy Parish (Rev. Rodney Armstrong, S.S.J., Pastor) celebrated 25 years of service as they honored Deacon Charles J. Allen, Sr. and Deacon Cornelius Llorens; on their ordination as Deacons in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Twenty-five years ago The Most Reverend Joseph A. Fiorenza ordained Deacons Allen and

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Broken…

By TJ Baker HOUSTON – There has been much debate going on about the Reparation bill, H.R. 40. Some wonder, whether it should be passed or not; if Black folks should receive any kind of compensation like the Japanese and Jewish people did following World War II. The Japanese, because America held majority of the

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