Pres. McMickle Responds to Zimmerman Acquital

T-MARTINThe acquittal of George Zimmerman on all charges in the death of Trayvon Martin set off debate and protest across the nation. President McMickle lent his unique perspective and wisdom to the discussion through local and national media outlets.

Huffington Post

Working with Stuart Muszynski, Founder and CEO of PurpleAmerica.us, Pres. McMickle published an article on a Huffington Post blog.

"There is no faith that does not demand forgiveness." — Howard Thurman

The front lines of the longest war in American history — the war against racism — is riddled with the bodies and sacrifices of the young soldiers who fought in the Civil War, Emmett Till, Rodney King, young African-American males who populate America's jails, and now Trayvon Martin. Whether one believes George Zimmerman is innocent or guilty of murdering Trayvon (and despite his acquittal of all charges by a jury, this decision in the court of public opinion will still be in play), no one can dispute that the profiling of Trayvon was racially motivated. After all, Zimmerman openly admitted that he, a neighborhood watch volunteer, was suspicious and fearful of a young African-American male wearing a hoodie.

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"Need to Know" – Rochester-focused TV News Show

Pres. McMickle discussed the impact of and response to the outcome of the trial against George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, on Rochester, New York's regional PBS station (WXXI).

Letter to the Editor

Immediately following the announcement of the verdict, Pres. McMickle sent the following letter to The Democrat and Chronicle, a local paper in Rochester, New York.

My heart is deeply conflicted as I think about the outcome of the George Zimmerman trial.
A young man lies dead, the shooter is acquitted, and for many in America a large piece of our confidence in the criminal justice system has died as well. On the other hand, black men die every day at the hands of other black men and it barely makes the local news, much less a matter of national attention. There is enough sin and blame to go around.

Perhaps, in the aftermath of this court case, we in Rochester and across the country can renew our commitment to the value of every human life, no matter by whose hands that life has been taken!

Gun control. Racial profiling. Perhaps this time we can make some real progress.

(Originally published here on July 14, 2013.)

New Satellite Course to Be Offered in Buffalo, NY

CRCDS will now offer two courses remotely  during the 2013/2014 Academic Year. One course shall be taught each term at First Shiloh Baptist Church in downtown Buffalo on Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm to 9:00pm with a mid-point break for prayer and reflection.

  • Place: First Shiloh Baptist Church
  • Where: Buffalo, New  York
  • When: Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00 pm during the 2013 / 2014 Academic Year

In the Fall term our President and Professor of Church Leadership Dr. Marvin A. McMickle will teach “Preaching On Contemporary Questions: From Social Issues to Public Policy.”

In the Spring term past President and Robert K. Davies, Professor of Systematic Theology Dr. James Evans will teach “Thurman, King and the life Of the Spirit.”

Contact Melissa Morral, Vice President for Enrollment Services, at 585-340-9633 or mmorral@crcds.edu to enroll.

Jan. 19, 2013: The 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Gospel Song Fest

The Black Student Caucus and the Program for Black Church Studies at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
is pleased to present the

29th Annual
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Gospel Song Fest

featuring a
300-Voice Community Choir
under the direction of
Dr. Julius Dicks

Saturday,
January 19, 2013
@ 6:00 pm

Please join in this celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin L. King through song at

Aenon Baptist Church
175 Genesee Street
Rochester, NY 14611
(Rev. James L. Cherry, Sr. Pastor)