When Larycia Hawkins, the first black woman to receive tenure at Wheaton College, made a symbolic gesture of support for Muslims, the evangelical college became divided over what intellectual freedom on its campus really meant. See what journalist Ruth Graham (a Wheaton graduate, but not related to Billy Graham) has found out about the aftermath of things for Hawkins and Wheaton here: The Professor Wore a Hijab in Solidarity — Then Lost Her Job – The New York Times
From courting Chuck Berry in Missouri to diving for a lost slave ship off Africa, the director’s tale is a fascinating one: The Definitive Story of How the National Museum of African American History and Culture Came to Be | At the Smithsonian | Smithsonian
My wife and I could only see this exterior view when we visited DC two weeks ago. We shall have to visit again so that we can see the interior. Christopher Hawthorne here in the LA Times offers a fine review of the architecture of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture: D.C.’s new African American museum is a bold challenge to traditional Washington architecture – LA Times
At the Anxious Bench, historian Kristin Du Mez (who did her undergraduate work down the road a short way from here) cogently discusses a case of how history fosters empathy, and why Christians in America need more of both.
My mostly digital friend John Fea (we have physically met), historian at Messiah College, begins an astute op-ed for evangelicals here at the Christian Century site:
On Sunday, after a tragic week of race-related killings in Dallas, Minneapolis, and Baton Rouge, I took a seat in my white evangelical middle-class megachurch in central Pennsylvania. I didn’t know what to expect, but as the sermon began I found myself pleasantly surprised.My pastor used his scheduled sermon on the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25–37) to address the issue of race in America.
It is July 4th. Mark Charles, a Navajo Christian, and a 2010 and 2014 visitor to Northwestern College, here offers some uncomfortable commentary on the Declaration of Independence. Source: The Declaration of Independence. It’s Not What You Think. – Native News Online