Widely circulated but unconfirmed media reports say the grand jury in the Ferguson, MO shooting death of Michael Brown has reached a decision. At issue is whether Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson should be charged in Michael Brown's death.
WHEC News10 NBC in Rochester, New York will interview Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle during the 5:30 p.m. and the 6:15 p.m. evening news segments regarding the death of Michael Brown and the events in Ferguson.
To view Dr. McMickle's interview online, see:
Dr. McMickle has published an essay on the Ferguson case on the Democrat and Chronicle's Unite Rochester blog page, which can be read http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/local/blogs/unite/2014/08/20/reflections-on-ferguson/14343551/
Dr. McMickle recently wrote about the killing of the Canadian soldier in his Unite Rochester blog. He invites us to think about the differences between our two countries when he says, "I was in Toronto, Ontario on the day the funeral was held for the Canadian soldier who was shot and killed while on duty in front of that nation’s War Memorial. It was as if an entire nation was joined together in a combination of grief and shock. That was because homicides due to the use of guns is so rare in Canada. It is strange that our two nations can be so close in so many ways, but so far apart when it comes to tolerance of guns in the hands of civilians. Today there are more guns in the United States than there are people. It has been that way for the last fifty years, and during all of that time this country has led the entire world in homicides due to the use of guns. This is not to suggest that the rights of hunters and shooting enthusiasts should be curtailed. However, I do wonder why any civilian needs a weapon that can carry 100 rounds of ammunition before one has to reload, much less the need for bullets that can pierce the body armor warn by police officers? As I observed Canadians demonstrating how much value they placed on the loss of that one life, it quickly became apparent how little value we place on human life in this country since we continue to be known as “the murder Capitol of the world.” Perhaps we can add on to the Depression-era slogan that promised “A chicken in every pot, a car in every garage, and a gun in the hand of every citizen!”
To read this article online or to visit the Unite Rochester blog, please visit: http://blogs.democratandchronicle.com/unite/2014/10/31/can-we-learn-a-lesson-from-ottawa/
On Tuesday, October 7th, Dr. McMickle hosted a special "Soup and Signing" event celebrating the release of his newest book, "Pulpit & Politics: Separation of Church & State in the Black Church." If you were not able to attend the signing, the CRCDS bookstore has additional copies on hand and Dr. McMickle would be happy to autograph yours. Dr. McMickle's book explores a new generation of black preacher-politicians who move beyond spiritual leadership into advocacy and social justice. This important work highlights past and present examples of African American leaders in ministry and politics, from Hiram Revels to Martin Luther King, Jr. to Al Sharpton.
A must-read for anyone concerned with faith-based political activism, Pulpit & Politics is based on Dr. McMickle's lifelong dedication to serving the community and bringing to light the challenges facing black preachers.
Read more about Dr. McMickle's book here:
Dr. McMickle's most recent Unite Rochester blog post, in which he discusses the tragic death of Rochester police officer Daryl Pierson and the shooting of Ferguson, Missouri's citizen Michael Brown, and the commonality of grief: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/local/blogs/unite/2014/09/05/grief-must-be-color-blind/15129393/
Dr. McMickle's newest blog post in the Democrat and Chronicle's Unite Rochester series:
The phrase, where do we go from here? was the title of the last book written by Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1967. I lift up that question now, with the spirit of that Nobel Peace Prize winner in mind, as we look at the events that have unfolded in the last few weeks between Israelis and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. A cease fire has been called. Peace negotiations are, as of this writing, underway in Egypt. The whole world can now ask the question: where do we go from here? Will Hamas stop firing rockets into Israeli cities? Will the Israelis remove all of the check points along the border with Gaza that many Palestinians find so offensive? Will Hamas stop storing and firing rockets within populated areas that turn people into human shields? Will Israelis end the building of settlements in some areas that have long been home to Palestinians? Where do we go from here? Is a two-state solution really possible in the present climate of fear and distrust? Whatever the future holds for that troubled part of the world, the most important thing people can do is not forget the 100 year history of Jewish/Palestinian and Jewish/Arab relations. Both sides have made historic claims for their right to occupy that land. The call for a Jewish homeland did not begin with the horrors of the Holocaust, but that was certainly an event that greatly sped up Jewish immigration to Israel; especially since so many Western nations including the United States, placed sharp limits in how many Jews could immigrate into their countries. On the other hand, who can doubt that Palestinians would see steadily increasing Jewish immigration into Palestine as anything less than an occupation of their country? Every rocket fired from Gaza and every air strike launched by Israel is not just the realities of a war being fought in 2014. They are reminders that two groups of people, forced upon one another by historical circumstances, are fighting a war to preserve what they each perceive to be "their home." Which side is completely right? Which side is completely wrong? Where do we go from here?
To read all of Dr. McMickle's post to date, click here: http://blogs.democratandchronicle.com/unite/author/mmcmickle/
To visit the Democrat and Chronicle's Unite Rochester blog site, click here: http://blogs.democratandchronicle.com/unite/