A Choice of Nonviolence

"Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a [hu]man, but you refuse to hate him [or her]." Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, August 22, 2011

The story and the mural live on.....

..but the blog officially signs out.

In 1847, a community united saved lives. In 2009-2010, a community working together created an outside mural to depict the courage and bravery their history. The Sanctuary and Deliverance Mural Project and the Minority Coalition agree that more can be accomplished when we work together for the go                               In the words of Marianne Williamson--
“In every community there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.”

Cass County, MI is fortunate to have a large pool of collective Underground Railroad history.
The stories of freedom seekers, their neighbors and Friends, are still being discovered through generational farms, Cassopolis Courthouse records, an active historic African-American church with a historian, a large archaeological dig, oral traditions, recent movements to collect family info, the establishment of the Underground Railroad Society of Cass County, and the acquisition of the Bonine House. To connect or reconnect with this area, please contact the sponsors of the mural project: the Minority Coalition of Cass County at 248-535-1495, and leave a message.

As Project Director, I wish to thank the artist catalyst, adjunct artists, scholars, Minority Coalition, Michigan Humanities Council, Underground Railroad Society of Cass County: www.urscc.org. & all our volunteers! Thanks to God for keeping us safe on the scaffolding, stirring our hearts, helping us reach-out to others, uniting us through prayer, and being with us and our ancestors. I hope many will come and see this statement of faith in Cass County, MI. MK

”Love is so much larger than anything I can conceive. It may be the element that keeps the stars in the firmament.” Maya Angelou

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Upcoming Forum...April 21, 2011

Her Voice, Her Story:
A Women's Forum on the Underground Railroad
Thursday, April 21, 2011 9:30 am -noon
Cass County Council on Aging
M-60 & Decatur Rd.
Cassopolis, Mi 49031

Join us for this unique and powerful dialog of women's possible roles and contributions in the Underground Railroad. Hear from others who are actively researching and preserving these important legacies and how our community has benefited immeasurably, and will continue to do so as we explore our faith-filled, noteworthy past and apply those lessons today.

The program is free, but space is limited so you must call 800.323.0390 or 269.445.8110. to register!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Lecture Re-scheduled

Sanctuary and Deliverance outdoor mural project artist, Ruth Andrews, speaks:
The Kentucky Raid at the Museum at Southwestern MI College , 58900 Cherry Grove Rd. Dowagiac. March 23rd at SMC 6:30 pm.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Events in observance of Black History Month, 2011

Events in observance of Black History Month, 2011: The Kentucky Raid is the topic of a February 2nd lecture at the Museum at Southwestern MI College (58900 Cherry Grove Rd. Dowagiac).. Artist, Ruth Andrews, will tell the stories of “Sanctuary and Deliverance” at 6:30pm in the Museum's Upton Room. The lecture will cover the local 1847 story that inspired the outdoor mural in Cassopolis. MI. For information call 269-782-1374.

The second event is the Minority Coalition sponsored Black History Breakfast on Tuesday, February 15th, starting at 7:30 am at the Cassopolis VFW (located at 131 South Broadway). The guest is speaker, Greg Weatherspoon and the event's theme is “Look How Far We've Come” celebrating Brown Vs the Board of Education.

On February 22, 2011 at 12:30 at the COA Council on Aging (located at 60525 Decatur Road). Dr. Veta Tucker will highlight the events of the 1847 Kentucky Raid on Cass County and the nonviolent solution to this local (Vandalia/ Cassopolis) historical conflict. The events of the Raid are represented in the outdoor mural that was unveiled in October 2010 in Cassopolis, MI. Dr. Tucker is the lead scholar in the Sanctuary and Deliverance Project and has written a book on the 1847 Kentucky Raid in Cass County. Please call COA at 800-323-0390 for details.

These activities, presented in conjunction with the Sanctuary and Deliverance Mural Project, are free (a donation for the meals is kindly accepted), open to the public, and are handicapped accessible.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

More Pictures from the October 23rd Unveiling

Artist Ruth Andrews with members of the Minority Coalition