Welcome to issue 116, which celebrates Black History Month.
So far, 2020 has been a tumultuous year. In America, the murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd by White police officers resulted in protests and demonstrations worldwide. This global outcry was further compounded with the recent police shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, of Jacob Blake, who was shot seven times in the back – witnessed by his three young children – and has now been left paralysed. People are tired of police killings.
The coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan took the world by storm, and the ensuing pandemic has resulted in entire countries in lockdown, around 24 million cases of infection, nearly a million deaths worldwide, and total economic destruction. The world is changing: many of us are now working, worshipping and meeting remotely. Shopping centres, towns and cities are less populated, as multitudes of people are shopping online. We are all adapting to a new way of life. With all that is changing, we still have a lot more to do, to stop the other pandemic – of racism – that still exists globally.
In this issue, we have lots of good news, with inspiring articles; we have interviewed some great community members, including Pastor Amy Williams, who launched Chosen For Christ Ministries in 1970; gospel artist Niella; chart-topping Sarah Téibo, and retired Met Police Superintendent and author Dr Leroy Logan MBE. We celebrate Black trailblazers and pioneering women of God. We look at race; gentrification and the Church; children in the classroom, and what children need to become mentally healthy and socially balanced adults. Do you have problems with your hair? We have an article that advises how to care for your crowing glory. Plus… how to make delicious doughnuts – my weakness!
There is so much to entertain, encourage, support and aspire you in this packed issue, and don’t forget, we have much more on our website at www.keepthefaith.co.uk.
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