By Rev. Dr. Leonard Jarvis
Earlier today during the second stage of our Deep South Pilgrimage we were fortunate to visit the campus of Tuskegee University and observe the statue of Booker T. Washington. The statue is known as the Lifting The Veil Of Ignorance. The monument pays tribute to a man who was deeply committed to lifting the minds of Black People whom were victims of slavery, the cruelest, vilest act ever thrust upon a people. Booker T. Washington saw the potential and promise in his brothers and sisters. He sought to make this potential and promise a reality enabling them to enter the mainstream while making important contributions. Since this Pilgrimage is also a spiritual journey, we can venture to say Booker T. Washington was mirroring the image of Jesus. After mankind was abused by sin, He saw our potential and promise by dying on Calvary; thus, lifting us from sin and shame.
The Awakening Series seeks to engage the intersections of culture and faith, particularly around areas of injustice and moral responsibility. Through faith formation opportunities that address issues of our daily lives, we are working to create shalom (wholeness, equity, justice, and peace) for all.