CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle on Hate Crimes, Race in America

CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle expressed his opinion about hate crimes and race in America, as we approach Martin Luther King Day. The editorial piece, submitted to the (Rochester, NY) Democrat and Chronicle on January 7, 2017, reads:

"I read with horror the assault by four African Americans on a mentally disabled white teen in my hometown of Chicago. I agree with President Obama who called the action "despicable." All lives matter, and that assault was an attack on that principle. As I saw the faces of the defendants in Chicago plastered across the front page of every newspaper I encountered, it occurred to me that I had to do a Google search to find the name of John R. K. Howard of Dietrich, Idaho. He is a white high school student who, along with three other white students sodomized a black student with mental disabilities by shoving a coat hanger up his rectum and ramming it in and out six times causing severe physical damage. All of this was done while racial taunts were hurled at the helpless victim. This was all observed by at least a dozen white adult employees of that school who said and did nothing to stop this assault. The event that occurred in 2015 was resolved in December of 2016 when John R. K. Howard was released without any charges sustained against him. Instead of jail time, he will serve 300 hours of community service. I wonder if the African Americans involved in Chicago will be given 300 hours of community service for engaging in exactly the same kind of behavior as the white students in Idaho? If not, if they are held to a different standard of justice, then the whole issue of equal justice under the law becomes a joke. To be clear, I am not condoning or seeking mercy or showing any sympathy for the culprits in Chicago. I am just pointing out that exactly the same set of circumstances occurred in Idaho Iast year and it was resolved just last month. The only difference was that the attackers in Idaho were all white, and the victim was a mentally disabled black person. Those white attackers were never the lead story on the national news. Their pictures were not on the front page of local and national newspapers. The President of the United States was not asked to comment on that attack. When the trial is held and the verdict is announced in Chicago we will find out if there is any such thing as equal justice under the law. I do not want the attackers in Chicago to be let off the hook. I just want to know why the white teens in Idaho have been treated so differently? That is a question I hope everyone will ponder as this nation approaches Martin Luther King, Jr. Day."

Marvin A. McMickle, Ph.D.

President, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

3rd Annual African American Heritage Series "At The Crossroads: Where Do We Go From Here?"at CRCDS in February

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School's Black Student Caucus presents the 3rd Annual African American Heritage Series, "At the Crossroads: Where do we go from here?" in a four-part series during February, 2017. Event information is as follows:

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 

Worship Service: 4:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion: 5:00 p.m.

Topic: Health care
Preacher/Speaker – Bishop James H. Evans, PhD
Panelists – Pastor Weldon Thomas, Rev. Phyllis Jackson

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Worship Service: 4:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion: 5:00 p.m.

Preacher/Speaker – Minister William Hall

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Topic: Black Family/Relationships
Preacher/Speaker – Rev. Dr. Erika Haygood Gault
Panelists – Rev. Dr. Linda Hickmon Evans, Pastor Sebrone Johnson (CRCDS '15)

Worship Service: 4:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion: 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 25, 2017 

Howard Thurman Symposium: "Effective Ministry in the 21st Century"
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Rev. Dr. Anthony L. Trufant (CRDS '87), Keynote Speaker

(Keynote and Lunch will be held in the CRCDS Refectory)

For questions or for more information, please contact GP Dickerson-Hanks at (585) 340-9651.

CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle on WXXI's "Connections" 12.14.16

CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle appeared on (Rochester, NY) WXXI "Connections" live radio show on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 to discuss "America during the Trump Administration." The animated, one-hour long broadcast covered many issues, including taking advantage of the right to vote, and how to make one's voice heard in a disparate but democratic society.

To listen to the podcast, please click here:

7th Annual "Bells on the Hill" a spirited success

CRCDS hosted its 7th annual "Bells on the Hill" event on Sunday, December 11, 2016. More than a hundred people visited the Samuel Colgate Memorial Chapel to sing holiday carols, share refreshments and hear the playing of the Andrews-Hale chimes.

Thank you to everyone who came out on a chilly, but beautiful winter evening to share in fellowship and song. A special thanks to Wegmans and to Mrs. Libby Clay for providing holiday treats.

A highlight of the event was children participating in the singing of the carols. Many remarked they were one of the best parts of the event. Click here to see an enthusiastic group of children singing "Jingle Bells":


Save the Date! Valentine's Day Blessing of Relationships

Join us on Tuesday, February 14, 2016 for the 6th Annual Valentine's Day Blessing of Relationships at CRCDS. A brief service, honoring all couples, will take place from 5:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. in the Samuel Colgate Memorial Chapel. The event's brief format allows couples to keep dinner reservations or other plans on this special day while acknowledging the commitments they have to each other. Guests are welcome to enjoy a glass of complimentary champagne or sparkling cider and strawberries afterwards.

For more information, please call (585) 340-9643.