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William H. Lamar IV

Entries by William H. Lamar IV

The Role of HBCUs in the Marches on Washington

(3) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 5:43 PM

History is a political enterprise. All who set out to chronicle the past are motivated by ends that some are honest enough to disclose, and others are deluded enough to deny. I prepared for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom by reading serious works...

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Beyond the Gospel of Us: A Reflection on Colossians 1:15-28

(11) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 9:41 AM

The Christ of whom we sing gives us "stuff." Intangible stuff like love, joy, peace, and hope. Tangible stuff like family, friends, food, and shelter. I do not disparage these good and necessary gifts, nor the gracious giver, but much of what I hear (and often say) about Christ sounds...

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I Will Reflect, Not Celebrate

(198) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 10:46 AM

My political consciousness was forged on an anvil not made of iron or steel, but books and music. My parents supplied me with the good stuff that prevented me from achieving bliss because ignorance was never an option. Let's talk records. In 1988, during the golden age of hip-hop, I...

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The New Pharaohs?

(5) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 10:59 AM

This sermon was delivered at Sixth and I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.

The best way to be hospitable is to allow guests who come into your home to be fully who they are. For us, coming from Turner Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church, to...

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Raise the Minimum Wage

(69) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 3:38 PM

During this month's State of the Union address, President Obama proposed raising the minimum wage. I don't know if this proposal will move in light of opposition in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. But I took comfort that President Obama, with no more elections before him, used the bully pulpit...

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A Return to Big Words

(38) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 12:08 PM

For me, frequent barbershop visits are about much more than good grooming. Going to the barbershop transports me to my childhood. My wonderful father would take my brother and me for cuts. Treks to the barbershop return me to the days of driving my 1984 Chevrolet Cavalier to Curtis Miller's...

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To President Obama, With Hope

(8) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 4:42 PM

Mr. President, you have been described by some thoughtful commentators as our most profoundly literary president since Mr. Lincoln. Your prose does the work of poetry. At its best, it inspires and paints pictures of the possible. I know that you are preparing for your second inaugural address. I have...

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Death of an Ideal: A Moral Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 2:07 PM

My vocation denies me the privilege of participating wholesale in death-denying American culture. Only those in the medical professions, law enforcement and the funeral industry are as intimately acquainted with death as the clergy. I cannot pretend that people don't die; nor can I pretend that people aren't supposed to...

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Homosexuality and the Black Church

(312) Comments | Posted September 9, 2012 | 9:33 AM

I played tee ball as a youngster. I recall vividly a teammate who crushed the ball off of the tee with the bases loaded. And this is where it all went downhill. As the ball sailed into the gap between the second baseman and the centerfielder my teammate ran from...

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