This year, Freedom First International and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Chicago and many other partners, arrange this program to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The program theme this year is Change for the King, we want to explore -what we learn in our society and what shapes us as we negotiate the diverse world that surrounds us.
Our Best Defense
In late January 1956, during the tense days of the Montgomery Boycott, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. could not sleep. A threatening phone call had terrified him. So he prayed, “I am here taking a stand for what I believe is right. But now I am afraid. The people are looking to me for leadership, and if I stand before them without strength and courage, they too will falter, I am at the end of my powers….I can’t face it alone.”
The Reverend Andrew C. Smith, Jr., the Pastor of Holy Angels Catholic Church, presides over the Mass conducted on January 11, 2015.
Christmas – that time of the year when the courtrooms are once again filled with the not-so-merry sounds of lawyers arguing about rather nativity scenes violate someone’s civil rights or whether Christmas carols can be sung at a school concert.
The Reverend Andrew C. Smith, Jr., the Pastor of Holy Angels Catholic Church, presides over the midnight Mass on December 25th, 2014.
Selma is the story of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Our society idolizes the so-called- “beautiful people”- popular entertainers and models whose youthful faces dominate the pages of the magazines at the supermarket check-out. But such attractiveness has nothing to do with the kind of beauty that delights the heart of God.
If God sent you to do something significant for Him, how would you expect to be treated? Like a celebrity in a motorcade? How would you expect to feel? Important and confident? Secure in knowing exactly where you were headed and what you were to do?
The Reverend Andrew Charles Smith, Jr., aka Father Drew the Pastor of Holy Angels Catholic Church, presides over the Mass conducted at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Chicago, Illinois, October 5, 2014 an African American Roman Catholic Church with Deacon Bruce McElrath, Deacon Mervin O Johnson, Mr Tyrone Pittman Minister of Music and Executive Director of Music of the Chicago Black Catholic Choir along with the parishioners of Holy Angels Catholic Church. Videographer & Photographer: Gregory Evans Callaway. Webmaster & Lead Web Developer: Rex Djere