By: Janette Cosley

Senior Pastor Rev. Marilyn White of Trinity East UMC says everyday is Black History. She knows a lot of people don’t want to talk about the painful past, however she says we must reflect on what God has done by delivering Black people from slavery. A recent celebration included songs of worship by Trinity East UMC’s youth and young adult choir, also the All Star Diamonds Praise Dancers performed. Refreshments were provided by life-time member, Roy Moore who says he feels strongly that elders must pass on their stories of challenges and triumphs to the next generation.


Those in attendance agree with Pastor White that every day is Black History.  The following are their comments: Brenda Stewart who coordinates Trinity’s Gathering Place program for people with mild to moderate cognitive issues says all year long we can learn about the contributions of African Americans. She questions why only one month is observed and why that month is the shortest of the year. Collins White, an usher at Trinity says he is grateful to learn about African Americans who gave us great inventions. Je Evans who joined in the celebration says he likes to remember his own family’s history at this time of the year. He honors their sacrifices to keep the family together.


Gazella Fletcher says she grew up in the 1950s and did not realize she was living in “segregation” because her family provided a good home for her and always made her feel valued. As a child, she remembers going to the basement of department stores to shop and eat, but she didn’t realize that was because of “segregation.”” Paul Jackson believes he developed an appreciation for all history over the years thanks to the focus on Black History Month. Godfrey McCoy, a long-time member of Trinity, reflects on the happy Juneteenth celebrations that occurred long before there was a national observance of Black History Month.


Jerome Foreman who recently moved to Houston from Panama City, Florida says he is learning more about his father’s side of the family now that he lives here. He’s developed a better understanding of why Black History is important. Special guest, James “Smokie” Phillips of Constable Precinct 7 is grateful every day to those whose shoulders he stands on. He says one of those people who opened the doors of opportunity for him was the late Harris County Constable A.B. Chambers.


Nelda Lewis says she doesn’t want to forget the hardships African American families went through to provide a strong foundation for future generations. She believes it’s important to retell the history to young people. A highlight of Trinity’s Black History Month program was the performance by  e Bulldog Express Drumline. It showcased the importance of drums in African American culture. Drum beats were o en coded messages that enslaved people communicated to each other. Drums were used to preserve artistic culture and they were an integral part of spiritual practices. Drums also signaled resistance and that caused fear among slaveholders. Today’s marching bands are a link to the past and the importance of drums to the African American community.

October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit

As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.

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