History: Rays of Light

From the writings of Winston Churchill, "Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it." We all have a history; some good (that we want to remember), and some not-so good (that we prefer not to remember).  

History, especially the not-so good, is responsible for who we are, and who we may become. Often, we choose to avoid or disregard the "not-so good" history; pretending it never happened. We may fail to realize what can be learned from all history. If we pretend the "not-so good" history did not happen, Churchill reminds us we are certain to repeat that history. 

Regardless of our history, they are stories of our life on earth--they can represent rays of light for our future, and the future of our descendants. 

This site is designed to remind us of the value of history--stories; how they may serve to encourage the writing of our own stories that may serve as light for others. 


First, consider the story of the Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth, who challenged the laws of legalized segregation, not by force or rebellion, but through love and peace. As he shined his rays of love, he endured the deadly blast of sixteen sticks of dynamite placed underneath his bed (1956); suffered a severe beating as he attempted to enroll his children in a public school (1957); and lived through two additional bombings of his home; and provided continued leadership with Dr. King as they united in bringing light to a segregated nation. 


The second book, The Faith Journey of Bishop E. Lynn Brown, rays of light shine on the life of Bishop Brown, perhaps unknown on the national scene, but served as a giant and pioneer of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church; working tirelessly in support of Dr. King; encouraging, teaching and leading young people of African descent in ways of serving Christ first, and being a light for others. 


The third book, Meditations and Reflections, utilizes various biblical passages in presenting the Bible stories in simple and understanding stories and language for a clear and meaningful understanding; and guidance to apply the teachings in one's personal life. 

The final book, Inside the Chisolm Trail, the autobiography of Dr. Ervin, is a challenging and thought-provoking story that begins with Rev. Ervin's ancestors. His great-grandfather, a former slave on a Chisolm plantation, and his great-grandmother, a descendant of the Chisolm family, risked their lives and escaped as the Ku Klux Klan gave chase. The couple, hiding to avoid death, traveled some 200-miles from the area of Charleston, South Carolina before establishing their home in York County, South Carolina.