Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc.
The Church in Central New York founded and consistently fostered by the GLBTQIS community. October 31, 2018 was the 35th Anniversary in our 36th year in Ministry.
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This is our Black History Month page.  The page will be developed as time goes on.  It is a new page added on February 1, 2019. 
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The following web site "Separate Is Not Equal" is from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.  This is a multi-paged easy to read site with many historical photos.  This site is highly recommended.  To see it Click Here.

Dear Friends and Members of The Body of Christ and His Church,


Today February 1, 2019 is the anniversary of the protest of four men against the "whites-only" policy at the Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, NC in 1960.  It was brave non-violent acts of disobedience such as this against the unjust laws that sparked and energized the Civil Rights movement.  The struggle for liberty and justice for all is a struggle for the recognition and respect of the inherent equality and dignity of all persons.  There shouldn't be a "struggle" for these things anywhere in the world.  Dignity and equality are God-given expectations, qualities, status, and so on.  Only people attempt to take those gifts away from other people in a variety of power struggles that always lead to unjust ends.  


Ray Of Hope Church embraces and joins in the celebration of Black History Month during February each year.  Together we work as we each are able for the advancement of liberty and justice for all.  These principles are clearly expressed in our Statement Of Purpose.


Below is a description of the Greensboro Lunch Counter event from the web site for the National Museum of American History.  


Together we move forward in Christ.


Br. Benedict


from: http://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/greensboro-lunch-counter


Greensboro Lunch Counter

Greensboro lunch counter

Racial segregation was still legal in the United States on February 1, 1960, when four African American college students sat down at this Woolworth counter in Greensboro, North Carolina. Politely asking for service at this "whites only" counter, their request was refused. When asked to leave, they remained in their seats. Their sit-in drew national attention and helped ignite a youth-led movement to challenge inequality throughout the South.

In Greensboro, hundreds of students, civil rights organizations, churches, and members of the community joined in a six-month-long protest. Their commitment ultimately led to the desegregation of the F. W. Woolworth lunch counter on July 25, 1960.

Ezell A. Blair Jr. (now Jibreel Khazan), Franklin E. McCain, Joseph A. McNeil, and David L. Richmond were students enrolled at the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College when they began their protest.

Protests such as this led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which finally outlawed racial segregation in public accommodations.

The closing of the Greensboro Woolworth's in 1993 presented Museum curators with the opportunity to acquire this historic artifact. After extensive negotiations with Woolworth's executives and representatives of the local community, a small section of the lunch counter was donated to the Smithsonian.


'The great emancipatory gains for human freedom have not been the result of orderly, institutional procedures but of disorderly, unpredicatable, spontaneous action cracking open the social order from below.' - anthropologist and political scientist James scott (source: http://www.carpediem.click/09/22.html)
Robb Bacon was always very aware of the current events, in his neighborhood, in Central NY, and around the world.  Robb frequently sent us cards and cut out articles of interest especially when the content lined up with our Statement Of Purpose.  This card was sent to Veronica Floyd during the celebration of Black History Month.
The Smithsonian Channel has a great 46 minute documentary entitled MLK: The Assassination Tapes.  "Relive an unspeakable tragedy detailed with unforgettable images, videos, and recordings only recently discovered."  CLICK HERE TO VIEW