AP: The NAACP turned to an insider Saturday to help bring the nation’s oldest civil rights organization back to prominence. Derrick Johnson of Jackson, Mississippi, was hired as the NAACP’s 19th president and CEO after having served as interim leader since July and previously as vice chairman of the NAACP board of directors. Johnson said the NAACP will be much more politically active in the coming years and will alter its nonprofit status so it can more effectively lobby for its members’ positions.
AP: Discriminated against in life, they were forgotten by their community in death, buried in unmarked graves in the back of the Alta Vista Cemetery in Gainesville, Georgia. The final resting places of the 1,146 black souls who once lived and worked there were anonymous. Though loved ones may have initially marked the spots with a homemade wooden cross or only a rock, the fragile tributes were lost to time. For generations, segregation kept black and white Gainesville separate and unequal in life and death. On Sunday, those buried in obscurity will be revered by the town in a ceremony to unveil a monument to their lives and finally welcome them as fellow residents. Though their names, birthdates and dates of death remain unknown, six benches, along with a seven-foot, black granite obelisk will stand in place of headstones for those interred in sections 16 and 17 of the cemetery.
BCNN1: Gospel artist Tasha Cobbs has found herself in a dispute after she failed to appear as scheduled at the Canadian Women of Gospel event in Toronto on Saturday. A statement from Tasha Cobbs Ministries implies that the concert organizers, Gospel Connection Canada, didn’t promote Cobbs’ appearance as much as promised. But a dueling statement from Gospel Connection Canada indicates that Tasha Cobbs Ministries didn’t meet financial obligations. Either way, concert attendees are upset and some have demanded refunds for their tickets.
TELEGRAPH: A manhunt is underway for a gang suspected of abducting a British-led missionary team working in a crime-plagued region of southern Nigeria. The four missionaries were abducted from their accommodation in a remote part of Nigeria’s Delta State late last Friday night. They had been operating a series of clinics there for the past 14 years, despite the high risk across Delta State from kidnappers, armed robbers and pirates. Zanna Ibrahim, Delta’s police commissioner, said the prime suspects were a local militant group called the Karowei, and that the kidnapping may have been in response to “Operation Crocodile Smile”, a recent law and order operation.
BILLBOARD: MercyMe, CeCe Winans, Zach Williams, the Gaither Vocal Band, Tamela Mann and Reba McEntire were among the top winners at the 48th Annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Held at David Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville, the show was hosted by Kari Jobe and Tasha Cobb Leonard and recognized the top artists, songwriters and producers in faith-based music of all styles including rock, rap, country and gospel. MercyMe was named artist of the year and frontman Bart Millard earned songwriter of the year (artist). The band’s album Lifer won pop/contemporary album of the year. CeCe Winans also took home multiple Dove Awards, including gospel artist of the year and contemporary gospel/urban album of the year for Let Them Fall in Love.
FOX: A video posted online last week shows Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters recently told a New York audience that she will “take out” the president. In the video of an Oct. 13 event at the Ali Forney Center in New York City, Waters said to cheers, “I’m sitting here listening, watching, absorbing, thinking about Ali even though I never met him. And with this kind of inspiration, I will go and take Trump out tonight.” Waters has suggested several times in past months that Trump should be impeached, most recently over his argument that NFL players should stop kneeling for the national anthem, a movement started in protest of police mistreatment of African-Americans.
THE HILL: Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) is calling for an apology from White House chief of staff John Kelly for “character assassination.” During an appearance Sunday on MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” Wilson said, “Not only does he owe me an apology, but he owes an apology to the American people.” She also referred to Kelly as a “puppet of the president.” The Florida Democrat called the deaths of four U.S. soldiers in Niger a “catastrophe, saying, “We had four soldiers who died. They have been buried. And we need to know why, and we need to know about the special circumstances surrounding [U.S. Army Sgt.] La David Johnson.”
You can read these stories in more detail at BCNN1.com.
God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Thanks so much for listening and may God bless your day!