Check out grand opening and behind-the-scenes images from the new high-tech laundromat on S. Anthony Blvd. in Fort Wayne. Click here to read the full from the July 31 print edition. (Photos by Michael Patterson & Condra Ridley)
Civil rights activist, the Rev. Michael Latham of Renaissance Baptist Church addresses problems of pastoral leadership in the city. In this seven part video series, coupled with articles in our print edition, he talks about a number of issues, including sexual impropriety, fiscal misconduct and support of immoral behavior by other pastors.
My name is Steve Lanier and I’m the second Vice Commander and I’m also in charge of entertainment and Special Events here at the American Legion Post 148 and this is my second term. Most of my responsibilities deal with the community and bringing in revenue in order to do other projects for the community. But before I became an officer, I was a Legion member and started doing things such as, starting a yearly Mother’s Day Ceremony and working on our bus trips.
Bishop Malcolm Howell has one thing on his agenda—advancing the kingdom of God here on earth through the power of Jesus Christ. For more than a quarter century, Bishop Howell, Pastor Jacquiline Howell and members of Harvest Word Of Life Ministries International have pursued that agenda not only inside the confines of their own house of worship at 2260 Lake Ave., but throughout the city via their annual 7-Days of Restoration for the City of Fort Wayne.
Hakim Muhammad gives personal insights into the taboo subject of white supremacy, a concept that’s hardly ever discussed openly in the Fort Wayne black Community.
FORT WAYNE—The weather was a bit threatening early in the day but Sunday proved to be the proverbial perfect day for a picnic as Frost Illustrated Publisher Edward N. Smith Sr., and Executive Editor Edna M. Smith and their staff and dedicated volunteers were on hand to serve the community during the newspaper’s Third Annual Community […]
As you can see today, we have blacks coming together. The more we do this, the more and more people will come out. This is the beginning of what’s about to come. Blacks are starting to stand up, we’re getting more educated and young people are seeing what the streets are doing and they’re not liking it. Don’t get me wrong, we have rotten apples, but even with that, there’s help with them. Within all nationalities, there are rotten apples who commit to violence and do the things they shouldn’t do. But, I see hope for us. I see us coming up.
Our community needs to come together to understand that it’s the next generation that we need to look out for. Teaching them how to communicate with each other as well as how to mingle with other races. But, I think what Frost does is bring about communication through the newspaper. If it wasn’t for Frost, our community wouldn’t be able to communicate within itself about different activities that go on within the African American community as far as successes, education, entertainment and positive stories. I’m really proud to be part of Fort Wayne and have Frost Illustrated as part of my life.
Despite some criticism of clergy organizations such as the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, the Rev. Michael Latham said such organizations are needed if the community is going to thrive. “There needs to be a group of pastors that meets together on a regular basis to discuss our community spiritually and what can we do together as African American Christian leaders to decide what we ought to do,” said Latham. He said those clergy need to pray together regularly and then act on their faith once God sends guidance to the group.
Professor andré douglas pond cummings presents “Peace, Liberty and Justice for All?: America’s War on Drugs and the Prison Industrial Complex” at Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Fort Wayne on June 30.