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ABOUT DR. REYNOLDS
The Reverend Dr. Barbara A. Reynolds is an award- winning journalist, activist and educator. She has more than 50 years of experience as a journalist/writer with some of the major media institutions in America, such as Ebony magazine, Essence Magazine, The Chicago Tribune and Playboy magazine. In addition, she was a Founding Start-Up Editor with USA Today where she was an editorial board member and columnist for more than 13 years. She has served as religion columnist for the National Newspaper Publishers Association, which reports a readership of 10 million. She was also an activist in the King Movement helping to register blacks to vote in 1965.
Reynolds is author of seven books, including NO I Won’t Shut Up: 30 years of Telling It Like It is; Out of Hell and Living Well, Healing From the Inside Out; Doing Good in the Hood, the Life, Legacy and Leadership of Bishop Alfred Owens; Jesse Jackson, the Man, the Myth and the Movement; And Still We Rise: Interviews with 50 Black Role Models. Her recently published memoirs of Coretta Scott King, My Life, My Love, my Legacy is a New York Times Bestseller and on April 4, 2018, she was cited by Time Magazine as one of the top historians in the country.
In 2018, her Coretta Book project took her on a tour to the UK where she spoke in Parliament in the Palace of Westminster March 14, 2018.; On March 19, 2018 at the University College of, London hosted by The UCL Culture & Institute of the Americas and at the University of Birmingham, Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion.
The Coretta Book earned her many accolades:
Named a Washington Post Book to Read
A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice
A USA Today “New and Noteworthy” Pick
A Read It Forward Favorite Read
A Parade Magazine Pick
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Time Magazines’ celebration of MLK week
Recently she was a columnist for the Washington Post Newspaper and presently writes for the Informer Newspaper and the Trice-Edney Wire Service. She is also chaplain for Black Women for Positive Change, a national progressive civil rights and humanitarian network and has for 20 years presided over the Harriets, a spirit-led mentoring movement at Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church in Washington DC. The ministry is named after Harriet Tubman, the famed former slave who helped lead hundred of slaves to freedom.
In 2014, she was inducted into the Board of Preachers at Morehouse College, for her exemplary work emulating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of Morehouse’s most distinguished graduates.
Reynolds is also an educator. In 2009 she directed the Honors Program and taught journalism at Central State College in Wilberforce, Ohio. She has held the Jessie Ball DuPont Chair in Journalism at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA and was a Freedom Forum Scholar for the 1997 school year in journalism at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee and has taught journalism at the Howard University School of Communications. She has taught prophetic ministry at the Howard University School of Divinity and the Black Presence in the Bible and Eschatology at the Calvary Bible Institute. She is one of 12 founders of the Kingdom Building Equipping School headquartered in Norfolk, VA and teaches on eschatology (the end times) online. IN 2019, she introduced a new curriculum at the Calvary Bible Institute in Washington DC: TECHNOLOGY: Highway to Heaven or Pathway to Hell?
Born in Columbus, OH, she received her BA in journalism from The Ohio State University, her master’s degree from Howard University School of Divinity in 1992 and her Doctorate in Ministry from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH in 1998. She also has been awarded honorary doctorates in humane letters from Shenandoah University and her alma mater, Ohio State University. Bishop Alfred A. Owens, Jr. ordained her an elder at the Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church in 1995.
While the nation and the world grieved, not once has Trump attended any of Floyd’s three home-goings. Since President Obama left us, we have had a dictator, an oppressor, a liar and a White Supremacist. To me this disqualifies. So to me the presidency is vacant until someone worthy of that honor comes.
He was a gentle giant, non-violent and as all of us honor his memory let us not disgrace his memory with arson and looting. This dishonors him. It also dishonors our past. And plays right into the hand of Trump.
Until we can understand violence is not normal and we continue to dismiss black-on-black murder we will lose many valued souls. In the nation’s capital, around where I live many people go to bed every night with the sound of gunshots ringing in their ears, afraid to let their children come out and play. Elderly people cannot go sit on their porch for fear of being killed like Mrs. Lucas Silence will not help this. Black People have two terrible problems. Them and Us and until we solve both we be merely surviving and not thriving.
Please know I am only sharing to let someone out there know that A. If you are currently sick or isolated, you are not alone, you will make it out the other side, I know this with my whole being, and B. For education purposes because I too thought I was invincible, that this will never affect me or my life)
Today is the 93rd birthday of Coretta Scott King, who died in January.
For 30 years she was my mentor and friend. She honored me by allowing me to write her memoirs: My Life, My Love, My Legacy. I pray that one day we will honor and celebrate her birthday. Here was a woman who spent 15 years of her life to help make her husband, one of the greatest martyrs of our generation a holiday and after his birthday served this country for more than three decades as an activist and political voice for good. Here are at least three aspects you should know about her.
There is also plan B. Under martial law, the president can seize banks, seize control of the Internet and media to broadcast his emergency statements. He will have enormous power and since he believes whatever he does is in the public interest and the cowardly GOP will back him up, he can close down the polls and the elections to save the Republic because the Pandemic would make it too dangerous for large groups to go to the voting polls.