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Eyes & Ears of Moreno Valley

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Juanita Barnes
I read this about what God wants us as true believers to do:

“DIVINE LOVE.” (Romans 13:10) says: “Love worketh no ill to his neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”

(Galatians 5:13–14) says: “For brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love, serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself.” (Jude 21) says: “Keep yourselves in the love of God; looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” Read your Bible prayerfully and think.

HELLO MORENO VALLEY

Moreno Valley the city is currently in the process of updating its Parks and Recreation Master Plan and in order to do this, we need your input. We need you to come out and give your public comments on March 3rd 2009 at the Towngate Community Center,

13100 Arbor Park Lane starting at 6:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. All of the commissions will be represented: The Arts Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission, Recreational Trails Boards and Senior Citizens’ Board. We ask that the community be there so that you may provide the city with recommendations for the development of future parks, recreation and cultural facilities and future trails. The City’s project consultants will present an overview of the master plan. But we need you there for your input. This is the most comprehensive look at our parks, recreational, and cultural needs the city has ever undertaken and will provide us with a roadmap to guide us in making decisions on how to allocate our park and recreation resources in the future.

This weekend, I had the opportunity to celebrate with Linda Wright her 55th birthday. What a wonderful time was had by all.  Her theme was Dress for Success, colors were red, gold and white.  Guests were from near and far, the Jazz Trio from Moreno Valley performed.

There was a roast and toast of Linda. Her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. And Mrs. Robert Watts, traveled from Texas to be with her. To Linda, may you have many more. AIN’T NO STOPPING YOU NOW!

The Cathedral Of Praise International Ministries Family would appreciate your attendance in the celebration of Bishop Craig W. Johnson Sunday March 1, 2009 at 8:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. services.  Help the family honor such a great man of God.

Moreno Valley will be celebrating Black History Month in full swing with the 7th Annual Martin Luther King Celebration, 23rd annual Black History Celebration, and the 8th Annual Parade on Saturday March 14, 2009 beginning at 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. at Cottonwood & Frederick, (rainy day is March 28th 2009). The Expo & Celebration will be held at Towngate Shopping Center, 12626 Fredrick Street. There will be live entertainment, vendors, cultural displays, food and much more.  The Grand Marshal will be Ms.  Cynthia Wilson. If you are interested in participating in the parade contact (951) 697–7772 or e-mail mvbccf@yahoo.com Please pass the word on.

Eyes & Ears of Moreno Valley

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Juanita Barnes
“Living In The Love Of God,” as written by Bishop Keith Butler:

“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: For this is the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:12 KJV). The place to live is in the word of God. Jesus said, “if you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love.” The word “abide” means to live in, settle down, and take up residence in His love. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of love. Then being in the middle of that love is being in the middle of the secret place of the most High. And it is being in the middle of His will that provides protection. Now think about it.


HELLO MORENO VALLEY


The Inland Empire Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Association, Inc. wishes to thank Moreno Valley and the Inland Empire and the Riverside County Board of Supervisers, for their support of his successful fund raiser Saturday at the Heart of a Buffalo Soldier event. There is still a need for more support for this special project. The construction of the West Coast Buffalo Soldiers Memorial is to honor the proud and brave 9th & 10th U. S. Horse Cavalry at the Riverside National Cemetery. If you would like to donate funds for the memorial,

contact Chairperson, Yolonda Williams at brocourage@Verizon.net or (951) 722–0456 or President Paul Adkins at 82ndmedic@earthlink.net or (909) 957–3982. All donations and estate gifts are welcomed and all will be used for this special project.  The Riverside County Buffalo Board of Supervisers identified the First Saturday in February as Inland Empire Soldiers Heritage Assoc., Inc. Day in honor of Black History Month.

Inland Empire, it is that time again when Decently and In Order Ministry will presents the Ninth Annual Inland Empire Pastor’s Breakfast. This year’s theme is Unity Within The Body Of Christ, Saturday March 28, 2009 beginning at 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the National Orange Show Events Center. Special worship music will be by Christian Fellowship Worship Team. Tickets are $30.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased at Immanuel Baptist Church (909) 425–1777; Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, (909)

881–5551 or Decently & In Order Ministries, (909) 425–2053. The Keynote Speaker will be Dr.

Danny Carroll, Senior Pastor of Water of Life Church. Evangelist Jerry Musgrove is looking forward to seeing you there. You may contact Evangelist Musgrove at (909) 425–2053.

On February 25, 2009,

Cathedral of Praise International Ministries will be celebrating Bishop Craig Ward Johnson’s Birthday’s starting at 7:00 p.m.  There will be guest from far and near.


Be Blessed

JB

 

The Brownville Affair of 1906: A Black History Nugget -- Part 2 of 2

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Richard O. Jones
As a result, of the Brownville raid blamed on the Black soldiers by racists’ town folk, President Theodore Roosevelt ordered 167 of the Black troops dishonorably discharged because of their “conspiracy of silence”. This dishonorable discharge prevented these 167 men from ever working in a military or civil service capacity.

Some of the Black soldiers had been in the U.S. Army for over twenty years, while others were extremely close to retirement with pension.

Even Booker T. Washington got involved, asking President Roosevelt to reconsider his decision in the affair. Roosevelt instead dismissed Washington’s plea and allowed his decision to stand.

From 1907-1908, a United States Senate committee investigated the Brownsville Affair, and reached the same decision as President Roosevelt. Blacks, and many whites across America were outraged at President Roosevelt and Congress. The Black community, which had largely supported President Roosevelt before (due to Roosevelt hosting Booker T.

Washington at a White House dinner, and Roosevelt’s occasional condemnation of lynching), began to turn against him. Even worse, news of the discharged soldiers was withheld until after the 1906 Congressional elections, so that the pro-Republican Black vote would not be affected.

In 1970, John D. Weaver (a white man) published The Brownsville Raid, which investigated the affair in depth. Mr. Weaver argued that the accused members of the 25th Regiment were in fact innocent. As a result of Mr. Weaver’s book, the U.S.  Army conducted a new investigation on the affair. In 1972, the Army found the accused members of the 25th Regiment innocent, and President Roosevelt’s order of 1906 was reversed.

The Nixon Administration overturned all of the accused soldier’s dishonorable discharges, but refused to grant their families the back pay in pensions. Still maintaining the Regiment’s innocence, Dorsie Willis, the last surviving veteran, received a meager $25,000 pension.


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Eyes & Ears of Moreno Valley

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ImageHelen S. Rice said: “BLESSINGS COME IN MANY GUISES.” When troubles come and things go wrong.  And days are cheerless and nights are long. We find it so easy to give in to despair. We find it so easy to give in to despair by magnifying the burdens we bear. We add to our worries by refusing to try to look for the “rainbow.” In an overcast sky… And the blessing God sent us In a darkened disguise.  Our troubled hearts fail to recognize, not knowing God sent it not to distress us. But to strengthen our faith and redeem us and bless us.

HELLO MORENO VALLEY

Moreno Valley and the Inland Empire, the Inland Empire Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Association, will be unveiling plans to have a bronze statute of the Buffalo Soldiers at the Riverside National Cemetery, themed “Heart Of A Buffalo Soldier” on Saturday, February 14, 2009, from 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Hap Arnold Club March Air Reserve Base.  This is the first black tie event with entertainment by One Plus One featuring Richard Mooring. You must show a valid Driver’s License, Registration and Insurance at the gate. Tickets $75.00 per person, $125.00 per couple or sponsor a table of eight for $ 500.00. Contact (951) 679–0577, (909) 957–3982, (951) 353–2367 or (951) 657–7088.

Today in my reading I read that Alan Riley “BECAUSE HE FIRST LOVED ME.” This week we observe Valentine’s Day. The more cynical among us would suggest it is a holiday perpetuated by florists and greeting card companies to sell more stuff.  Some among us would take theological exception to it, declaring it to be a pagan holiday that pays homage to evil so we should avoid it. But the vast majority of us will use it as an opportunity to do what we should all do more often anyway… to tell and show the one we love how we feel about them. Throughout history, the love of a man for a woman (or vice – verse ) has inspired us to reach for the heights of our creative abilities in search of a way to express that love. Look at all of the songs that have been written, the words that have been penned, even the monuments that have been erected.  They say that the majestic “Taj Mahal” in India was built to express a man’s love for a woman. In like manner, man has gone to great lengths throughout history to express praise, adoration and love to God. But all of our efforts seem to fall short of the mark. While we can find words to express human love, we find it hard to comprehend, much less express or return the agape love of God. Wrestle with the concept of God’s love because much of the time we have a hard time loving ourselves, if we can’t love our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Be Blessed
JB

 

The Brownville Affair of 1906: A Black History Nugget -- Part 1 of 2

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Richard O. Jones
Prior to the following incident, most Blacks were supportive of the Republican Party. However, it was the seemingly the racist actions of President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 against Black soldiers that caused Blacks to switch to the Democratic Party in droves to never return.  The Brownsville Affair arose out of racial tensions between the white residents of Brownsville, Texas and the all Black infantryman of the 25th United States Regiment at nearby Fort Brown.

Since arriving at Fort Brown, the Black soldiers were subject to intense racial discrimination and hatred from the white citizens of Brownsville. As a result of these racial tensions, a fight broke out between a Black soldier and a local Brownsville merchant. The city of Brownsville barred members of the 25th U.S. Regiment from setting foot in the city again.

On the night of August 13, 1906, shots rang out on a street near Brownsville, killing a white bartender and wounding a white police officer.  Immediately the citizens of Brownsville cast the blame on the Black soldiers of the 25th Regiment at Fort Brown. With the soldiers of the 25th Regiment being accused of the shootings, the all white commanders at Fort Brown confirmed that, in fact, all of the soldiers were in their barracks at the time of the shootings.

However, this was not enough to deter local whites, including Brownsville’s mayor, from claiming that some of the Black soldiers participated in the shootings.

Local townspeople of Brownsville began providing “evidence” of the 25th Regiment’s part in the shooting by producing spent bullet cartridges from Army rifles that they said belonged to the 25th’s men. Despite the contradictory evidence that demonstrated the spent shells were actually planted in order to frame the 25th Regiment’s role in the shootings, investigators accepted the statements of the local whites and the Brownsville mayor.

When soldiers of the 25th Regiment were pressured to name that fired the shots, they insisted that they had no idea who had committed the crime.  The soldiers were not given any type of hearing, trial, or the opportunity to confront their accusers (all rights guaranteed to U.S. Citizens in the Constitution).

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