A Response to Three of the Baltimore Police Officers Charged in the death of Freddie Gray

It is now time for an understanding that “Black Lives Matter” be embraced, not only in Police Stations, but in the words that black gang members tattoo on their arms, that Supreme Court Justices place on their walls, Congress members include in their legislation, and Presidents have on their desks in the Oval Office.

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SELMA: Dare we dream?

Langston Hughes ends his poem by asking; "What happens to a dream deferred?........ does it like a raisin in the sun explode?" How do we, or do we, find ways to assess the emotional and spiritual toll that hiding in the closet of internalized racism and/or internalized heterosexism takes on the lives, humanity and well-being of those who are black, those who are gay and those who are both? Could the THERE of "From Selma to Stonewall: Are we there yet?" be that place that none of us or few of us have dared to go?

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Celebrating the life of civil rights elder Vincent Harding

"Indeed, it is precisely in a period of great spiritual and societal hunger like our own that we most need to open minds, hearts, and memories to those times when women and men actually dreamed of new possibilities for our nation, for our world, and for their own lives. It is now that we may be able to convey the stunning idea that dreams, imagination, vision, and hope are actually powerful mechanisms in the creation of new realities — especially when the dreams go beyond speeches and songs to become embodied; to take on flesh, in real, hard places."

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Gil's speaking engagements January 15-February 3 in New Jersey and February 6-10 in Austin, Texas

January 15, Princeton, NJ, Public Library 7 PM"Scholar-led Discussion on The Emancipation Proclamation: Three Views"

January 17, New Brunswick, NJ, Gil’s Grand Daughter's 3rd grade clas "Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement"

January 20, Red Bank, NJ United Methodist Church 10:30 AM Dialogue Sermon with Pastor Myrna Bethke on "Human Relations"

January 21, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County, Lincroft, NJ, Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought, 7PM "The Selma March: Then and Now" with Rev. John Licitra, a banker now in seminary, who participated in the Sankofa tour of Civil Rights Sites in 2011.

January 29, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ, 7:30 PM Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Celebration

February 3, Preaching at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County, Lincroft, NJ, 10:30 AM

February 6, Anderson High School, Austin, Texas Speaking in support of their "No Place to Hate Program" Gil graduated from Anderson High in 1951 when it was an all black, racially segregated school

February 7 - 10, Anniversary Week, Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, Texas Gil spent his freshman college year at Samuel Huston College, which merged with Tillotson College to become Huston-Tillotson University.

February 10, Trinity United Methodist Church, Austin, Texas Preaching and meeting with members of the Southwest Texas Reconciling Community and MFSA (Methodist Federation for Social Action)