ACT to End Racism

This awakening is led by the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) its 38 member denominations in partnership with National African American Clergy Network, The Conference of National Black Churches, and more than seven additional civil rights and religious organizations. It will kick-off with a rally on the National Mall on April 4, 2018, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The sponsors of this rally promise that “This launch event will be followed by an extensive program that will address racism in the areas of church life and practices, criminal, economic and social justice, civil and human rights, environmental justice, immigration, media, and education.”


Breaking the Silence on Racism

Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell (Grace and Race Ministries, Inc.) and Alexei Laushkin (Kingdom Missionary Society) a FACEBOOK LIVE Online Discussion entitled Breaking the Silence on Racism.

The discussion introduced MLK Bridges, a program to commemorate the 50thAnniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by engaging 50 houses of worship, faith-based and other civic organizations to work together as bridge builders for racial understanding and action.


Radio Interview in Chicago

Justin Kaufman of WGN radio in Chicago talked with Ken Bedell on September 13, 2017. In the 30 minute interview they discussed Rev. Jesse Jackson's 1988 speech at the National Democratic Convention where he proposed using the image of a patchwork quilt to describe a vision of America without racism. With this image all ethnic and racial identities have full participation in the American life. Also, each patch makes a contribution, so if a patch is missing the quilt is not complete. The image focuses on what every identity group can contribute to American society. You can listen to the whole interview at the WGN website:…


On Thursday, September 28, I'll participate in the Authors' Book Signing at the ASALH conference. The signing will be from 6:30 -- 9:30 PM in the Mezzanine Level of the Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel, 35 W. 5th st., Cincinnati OH 45202. It is free and open to the public. I'd love to see my friends from southwest Ohio, so stop by and say hi.