Ice Bucket Challenge against violence

The church I attend, The Community of Reconciliation, grew out of the merger of two White and one Black Presbyterian churches back in 1968. The hope was to integrate the 11:00 hour, one of the most segregated times of the week, the ministers and parishioners then believed. Now nearly fifty years later, the church continues to be dynamically diverse with a spirited African-American woman pastor, Denise Mason.
Like so many of us everywhere, members of COR have been so dismayed once again at the killing of a young black man in Ferguson and the general violence everywhere. Probably every African-American man in the church could tell stories of personal harassment and disrespect. One member suggested that we try to raise awareness of the many anti-violence groups across the country by using the popular “Ice bucket Challenge.” Instead of raising money for the worthy cause, ALS, this member wanted to raise money to combat violence in our nation.
This past Sunday, September 7, we did just that. On the grass at the corner of our church (the intersection of Fifth and Bellefield Ave.) we stood to await the cold water. A full bucket was quite a shock, I thought, but poor Flossie got drenched, too, and she hadn’t exactly signed up for it. I should say, too, that neither did she pay up.

About Sally Hobart Alexander

Blinded at the age of twenty-six, I left California and elementary school teaching for life in Pittsburgh, Pa. There, I met my husband, got a Masters' degree in social work, had two kids, now 35 and 32, and became a writer. Surprisingly, the writing career led me full-circle to teaching, and I teach in Chatham University's M.F.A. program and lead two writing critique groups. Always, since the age of 26, I have traveled, not in the stereotypic darkness attributed to blindness, but a mist. My blog then, "traveling through the mist" will deal with issues in my culturally different life as a blind writer, teacher, speaker, and human being.
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