Florida Clergy Leaders Urge Thousands of African-Americans and Latinos to Vote Early in Statewide “Souls to the Polls” Events

March and Rally, Part of the Get Out The Vote Efforts to Contact 65,000 Florida Voters Part of the National “Let My People Vote” Campaign in Florida and 14-States

Miami, FL—With midterm elections just two days away, people of faith will not be silenced when it comes to encouraging voters and acknowledging the struggles of racial, social and economic injustice that impact their congregations. This Sunday, as part of statewide Get Out The Vote efforts, Faith in Florida’s clergy leaders will participate in the “Souls to the Polls March and Rally” starting at 1:00 PM at the the African Cultural Center in Miami.  Additional activities are scheduled in Broward County, Hillsborough County, Miami-Dade County, Orange County, Palm Beach County, and St. Lucie County.

This event is part of a massive statewide effort by hundreds of congregations to hold transformative conversations across race and faith as a key component of the faith community’s voter engagement throughout Florida. 

Faith in Florida is particularly focused on contacting African-American and Latino voters, whose voices have been ignored in the past, and shedding light on its upcoming Live Free campaign to restore the voting rights of formerly incarcerated people—a civil rights ban that affects more than 1.5 Floridians and approximately 6 million disfranchised citizens in the United States.  Recently, Faith in Florida held a Faith Forum in Orlando where more than 1,300 people from diverse congregations and ethnicities came out to support driver’s licenses for the undocumented and rights restoration for returning citizens. Florida Gubernatorial Candidate Charlie Crist, Attorney General Candidate George Sheldon and other candidates participated in the event.  After Governor Scott did not attend, Faith in Florida grassroots leaders and clergy took their message directly to him at a State Clemency Board meeting the following week.

Faith in Florida’s participation in “Souls to the Polls March & Rally” is part of the PICO National Network’s Let My People Vote campaign, a massive multi-racial and multi-faith-based effort, spanning 14-states to engage and turn out 450,000 voters across the country—65,000 in Florida—in the 2014 election and beyond.  To date, Faith in Florida has already spoken to thousands of voters through door-to-door canvasses and phone banks events in their congregations. The goal of Let My People Vote is to engage African-American and Latino faith communities in building cross-racial alliances on rights restoration, sentencing reform, access to driver’s licenses and benefits for low-wage workers.

WHAT: “Souls to the Polls March & Rally”; Start time is 1:00 PM

WHERE: "Souls to the Polls March & Rally" Start Point: African Cultural Center, 6161 NW 22nd Ave, Miami, FL; ends at voting site: Joe Caleb Center, 2211 NW 54th Street, Miami, FL.


Poetry Groove: Jigaboo [VIDEO]

Jackie Hill Perry. Follow her on Twitter @JackieHillPerry.

Here’s the poem, Jigaboo, performed by spoken word artist Jackie Hill Perry at Rhetoric 2012, an annual Christian poetry slam in Los Angeles. The young lady hits traditional religion as many of us know it, rather hard but before you prejudge, listen. Based on the reaction of the audience, many other young people feel the same.

Hmmm…Christian poetry slam…that would be nice for the Miami area also. 





Happy Resurrection Day!

African Jesus Resurrection
The Price Was Paid
by Robert Blankenship
As you go forth into life today
Do not forget what God has done
He sent the lamb a sacrifice
His only begotten Son

To die upon the cross
His blood spilled for you and me
That we from Satan's hold
Might with faith be made free

Jesus is the risen lamb
To the earth He will return
To recieve all who love Him
To claim them as His own


Attorney Patricia Russsell-McCloud in Fort Lauderdale April 27

Pat-in-whiteMt. Hermon AME Church, under the leadership of Pastor Henry F. Green, Jr., First Lady Jennifer Green, and the Mt. Hermon church family, invite you to enjoy one of the nation’s best orators, Patricia Russell-McCloud, during the early morning service of their Sister 2 Sister Conference Day of Restoration, 7:30 a.m., Sunday, April 27, 2014. The church is located at 401 NW 7th Terrace, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311.

Russell-McCloud is an alumna of Kentucky State University and Howard University School of Law where she earned her Juris Doctorate. She has served as the 11th National President of The Links, Incorporated and the National Parliamentarian to the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Named one of the top five business motivators in the country by Black Enterprise Magazine, you don’t want to miss this dynamic woman.

A resident of Atlanta, Georgia, Russell-McCloud is married to Bishop E. Earl McCloud, Jr., the 127th elected and consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Ladies are also encouraged to wear their favorite  hat and participate in the Hat-a-tude Strut. 

Memorial service for Rev. Dr. Mary Tumpkin

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MIAMI GARDENS – A memorial service to honor the life and legacy of the late Rev. Dr. Mary Ann Tumpkin will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, November 21, 2013, at the Universal Truth Center for Better Living, Inc., 21310 N.W. 37th Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33056. A repast will immediately follow the service.

Dr. Tumpkin was the President of the Universal Foundation for Better Living, an international association of New Thought Christian churches, centers, and study groups founded by the Rev. Dr. Johnnie Colemon in 1974. Tumpkin also was the Founding and Senior Minister of the Universal Truth Center (UTC), a New Thought Christian “Bible-based church for thinkers,” and a UFBL affiliate, founded in Miami in 1982. For 31 years, Dr. Tumpkin carried out UTC’s mission to “empower people to develop their potential by awakening their divine nature.” The Center offers a classes and services dedicated to the development of the whole person. Under the leadership of Dr. Tumpkin, UTC has grown from being housed in rental space to having its own facility that houses a sanctuary, a community room, a bookstore, adult education classrooms, staff offices and the Universal Academy, a not-for-profit child care and early learning center.

“The work Rev. Tumpkin did in growing the ministry is phenomenal. People are excited to learn about Christianity that they can use on a practical level,” said Karen McKenzie, president of the UTC Board of Directors. “Her messages were empowering and uplifting. She meant so much too so many people, not only at the Center, but also throughout South Florida and around the world.”

Dr. Tumpkin was highly regarded around the world as a biblical scholar and was an acclaimed teacher and preacher who authored numerous publications. She lectured and preached throughout the United States, as well as in England, Canada, South America, and the Caribbean. She was known for her powerful, energetic, and often humorous preaching style and her ability to express the message of Jesus the Christ in a relevant, practical, and accessible way. She earned her Doctorate of Ministry degree at the Florida Center for Theological Studies. Dr. Tumpkin served on the Board of Directors of the Society for the Study of Metaphysical Religion; the International New Thought Alliance; the Florida Center for Theological Studies; and the Westar Institute.

The memorial service will be streamed at The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Universal Truth Center. For more information, please call the Universal Truth Center at (305) 624-4991, or visit the website,


Funeral Services for the Rev. Dr. Mack King Carter


The Rev. Dr. Mack King Carter

Funeral services for the legendary Rev. Dr. Mack King Carter will be held in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Ocala as indicated below. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

4 p.m. - Viewing

6 p.m. - Memorial Services (various organizational affiliations)

7:30 p.m. - Memorial Service

New Birth Baptist Cathedral of Faith International, 2300 NW 135th St., Miami. For more information, call 305-685-3700.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

9 a.m. - Viewing

Noon - Funeral Service

New Mount Olive Baptist Church, 400 NW Ninth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 

Saturday, October 11, 2013

8 a.m. - Viewing

11 a.m. - Funeral Service

New St. John Baptist Church, 2251 NW Second St., Ocala. For more information (352) 629-5663.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Florida Memorial University, Attn: Dr. Mack King Carter Memorial, 15800 NW 42nd Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL. For more information, call (305) 626-3600.


Photo:  The Old Black Church


So So Much Sadness

It appears the remains of missing UF student Christian Aguilar may have been found in an isolated area east of Cedar Key. Aguilar’s friend and Doral Academy classmate Pedro Bravo and admitted to beating Aguilar and leaving him without medical care.

Three construction workers died and one is still missing in the partial collapse of the parking garage at the West Campus of Miami Dade College in Doral. The five-story structure was set to open in December. OSHA and other authorities are investigating. Classes have been moved to other locations.

Coral Reef High School student Christian Valdes died unexpectedly due to meningoccocal meningitis. Parents have been notified and asked to seek medical care for their child if symptoms arise.  Health authorities advise this death is not to be confused with recently reported deaths due to fungal meningitis.

Let’s pray for everyone impacted by these situations. Amen.



A Time For Renewal

by Oliver Gilbert

As a Christian, the Easter Holiday represents the resurrection of Christ and renewal of a covenant that is so sacred that our very salvation depends on it.  As we renew our Christian covenant, we should also renew our communal covenant, with a constant eye towards improving our discourse and interaction with each other.  How can we be better parents, children, neighbors, or friends? In what way are we responsible for the community’s collective success? What more can we offer to make more delicate the discourse of differing ideas?  The answer to all of these questions was given to us thousands of years ago.  Luke 6:31 says do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  I take this Bible verse to mean that if in our interactions we offer mutual respect and regard, we can together make more perfect our families and friendships; our neighborhoods and, yes, even our nation.  In this way we can all, without regard to religious affiliation or race, be reborn in service to one another.   

Happy Easter Holiday  

TGIF with Karen Clark Sheard & Mt. Hermon - Miami Gardens

Mt. Hermon AME Church - Miami Gardens is the place to be for TGIF: Thank God It’s Friday, April 22, 2011, 7 PM for the Seven Last Sayings of Jesus, featuring guest psalmist Karen Clark Sheard.

Located at 17800 NW 25th Avenue, Mt. Hermon will host seven of South Florida’s anointed preachers, sharing the last words of Jesus on the cross.
Karen Clark Sheard will bring God’s Word Through song. Come and thank God for a Friday like no other.
For more information: Call Mt. Hermon at 305.621.5067.

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Morris ( BLACK PR WIRE) There are numerous women of God living and working to promote God’s will. This is the resounding theme of the Church of the Open Door’s Women’s Weekend 2010, scheduled from Saturday, October 16th through Sunday, October 17th. Both events will be held at the Church of the Open Door, located at 6001 NW 8th Avenue in Miami, Florida.

The power and praise filled event will consist of two sessions: a FREE workshop on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Workshop presenters will include Bernadette A. Morris, CEO, founder and owner of Sonshine Communications; Rev. Vanessee J. Burns; and Rev. Dr. Sheila Guillaume. The Sunday Service, which begins at 10:30 a.m. features a message by Bernadette Morris.

“I am excited about what the Lord has to share at this Women’s Weekend,” says Morris. “It’s going to enlightening, informative and loads of spiritual fun!”

A devout Christian and role model, Morris is recognized for providing and delivering effective marketing, media and public/community outreach services on a daily basis to her many clients consisting of corporations, social service organizations, government agencies, and churches/ministries.

In addition to creating Sonshine, she also owns Black PR Wire, America’s FIRST and LARGEST black news media distribution service, and is the creator/owner of Women Grow Strong, a 501 (c) 3 Christian-based organization that sows seeds of mercy, grace, provision and love into the hearts and souls of women seeking empowerment, self esteem and confidence.

The Church of the Open Door, United Church of Christ, is a steady growth church which has a rich legacy and history spanning over fifty years. Its mission is to holistically empower the members of its church and community, while serving as an Oasis of Resources for those who are in a Desert of Need. South Floridians are encouraged to visit the church, where the doors are always open in the spirit of Christian love.

Registration is required for the Saturday workshop. To register, call 305-759-0373. Donations will be welcomed at the event. For more information on Bernadette Morris, please contact Sonshine at 305-948-8063 or 1-877-BLACKPR.