Southern Hills UMC, OKC 2/10/2019 Heritage Service

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The story in Luke 5:1-11 is about the beginning of a life-changing journey for Jesus and
his future disciples, including you and me. After the temptation of the devil in Luke 4,
Jesus began to teach in the synagogues. He reveals what he is going to do in his ministry,
reading the scroll of the prophet Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he
has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to
the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim
the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18-19). After he proclaims that this Scripture is
fulfilled, he teaches the crowd, heals the sick, casts out the demons, and preaches the
good news of the kingdom of God. Thus, the pressing crowd gathers around Jesus in
Luke 5.

Cherokee Heritage Center Indian Territory Days

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The Cherokee Heritage Center ended the month of March by hosting Indian Territory Days. For two days students had a chance to be involved in hands-on activities, games and demonstrations for school-aged children, with a focus on Cherokee life in the late 19th century.

Norfolk Southern New York Central Heritage Unit at Church St. Madison, Al

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NM | The Maez Family | My Kids Connect with their Hispanic Heritage!

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My mother-in-law takes me and my kids on a road trip to her hometown in New Mexico. We find Bub’s great-great grandfather at the local cemetery, and gain a deeper understanding of the Hispanic side of our family history! Then we visit extended family and have a wonderful time connecting with loved ones.

This was my very favorite part of our trip, and my favorite video from it as well.

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Cabin In The Woods by The Be Good Tanyas feat. Jolie Holland

The Heritage of Slavery (1968) w/ Fannie Lou Hamer & Lerone Bennett, Jr.

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News documentary from 1968 hosted by George Foster, exploring the legacy of oppression that remains over 100 years after the abolition of that peculiar intitution. In Part 1, Foster visits Charleston, SC and speaks with both descendents of slaves and slave owners. The cameras capture a sermon by Rev. Henry Butler of the Mother Emmanuel AME Church (where Denmark Vesey planned an unsuccessful slave revolt in 1822 and Dylan Roof would later kill 9 church members in 2015). In Part 2, the cameras go to Mississippi to speak with former sharecroppers and political activist FANNIE LOU HAMER. In the final segment, we travel to Chicago, where Prof. JAMES TURNER and activist CALVIN LOCKRIDGE educate young people about revolution. Ebony Magazine editor and historian LERONE BENNETT offers a poignant analogy to describe the times we are in today. From Assumed to be in the Public Domain.

Brethren Heritage Center

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The Church of the Brethren traces its roots back to August of 1708 in Schwarzenau, Germany and so do the Conservative Grace Brethren International, Dunkard Brethren, Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, German Baptist Brethren, Old Brethren, Old German Baptist, Old German Baptist Brethren, Old German Baptist Brethren-New Conference, Old Order German Baptist, The Brethren Church and the Conservative Grace Brethren.

It is the Brethren Heritage Center, a non-profit organization that’s dedicated to preserving historical and current information about all of the Brethren bodies which trace their roots back to Alexander Mack and the 7 other members.

Southwestern Ohio was chosen for the location of the center due to the large number of Brethren living in the Miami Valley Region. Beginning in the late 1970s, historian and genealogist Donald R. Bowman of Brookville, Ohio, a member of the Southern Ohio District Historical Committee of the Church of the Brethren, began accumulating many books, historical records and artifacts from several Church of the Brethren congregations. The collection was housed at the old Happy Corner Church of the Brethren and was open to the public for viewing by appointment, as the “Brethren Heritage Center.”

In 1999, some Old German Baptist Brethren became concerned about preserving their books and records. Fred W. Benedict, who had earlier pledged his entire library for preservation, met Larry E. Heisey and Mark Flory Steury, each of whom pledged to supplement a project from their own extensive collections. It was at the same time that the Happy Corner project needed a new home.

Today, it’s known as the Brethren Heritage Center and “Brethren Voices” views the 17-thousand-square-foot facility, in Brookville, Ohio guided by Gale Honeyman and Larry Heisey.

Ed Groff, Producer

“Brethren Voices” — now in the 11th year of sharing what Brethren do, as a matter of faith.

Tags: Brethren Church, Church of the Brethren, Brockville Ohio, Brethren Heritage Center, Faith, Peace, Genealogy, American History, German Baptist.

Published: Feb 2016, ID: BV – 16-02
Category: Education, 28:00

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I Love The Lord (CAS) – The Soul Stirrers, “Heritage – Vol. I”

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The Soul Stirrers, “Heritage Series – Vol. I” Released Date: 1974.

Had the Soul Stirrers only launched the career of Sam Cooke, they would have earned their place in rock and roll history. Beyond that, however, they set the pace for gospel and pop vocal groups, and played a role as forefathers in the development of rhythm & blues. As exponents of the modern gospel quartet sound back in the Forties and Fifties, they took gospel out of local churches and found a national audience for it. The Soul Stirrers radically reshaped traditional gospel material and wrote many enduring songs of their own. The music of the Soul Stirrers represented a progression from jubilee singing to a more rhythmic style, and it served as the basis for doo-wop and R&B.

The Soul Stirrers’ career began on a small Texas farm, where R.H. Harris sang with a family gospel group called the Friendly Five. “I used to listen to the birds sing,” Harris told Tony Heilbut, author of The Gospel Sound. “Whatever tune they’d make, I trained myself to make. Harris, Jesse Farley, S.R. Crain and T.L. Brewster formed the Soul Stirrers in Trinity, Texas in 1935. They were recorded by music historian Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress the next year.

In contrast to the spiritual and “jubilee” repertoire of other quartets, the Soul Stirrers radically reshaped traditional gospel material and composed many enduring songs of their own. The group used two lead singers, one crooning high and sweet and the other shouting hoarse and low. During the Forties, the group competed for gospel supremacy with the Pilgrim Travelers and the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi. During World War II, the Soul Stirrers appeared at many USO shows and sang on the White House lawn for Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill.

The group’s first commercial recordings, for the Alladin label, appeared in the late Forties. R.H. Harris, was a powerful vocalist who prefigured the falsetto style of soul singing popularized by Smokey Robinson, Curtis Mayfield and others. The Soul Stirrers also backed Brother Willie Eason, an outstanding preacher-guitarist in the Blind Willie Johnson mold. But their own recordings were strictly a cappella, with four-part harmonies that were so rich as to render any musical accompaniment superfluous.

In 1950, the group cut some songs for Specialty Records, including “By and By.” Then, that December, Harris left the Stirrers. He went on to form other gospel groups, including the Christland Singers and Gospel Paraders. His replacement was a Chicago teenager named Sam Cooke, who had been singing with the Highway QC’s. With Cooke singing lead, the Soul Stirrers recorded some tracks for Specialty in March 1951. Those songs included “Jesus Gave Me Water” and “Peace in the Valley.” Elvis Presley recorded the latter song during Sun Records’ Million Dollar Quartet session. He then sang it on The Ed Sullivan Show, and he recorded it for RCA in 1957.

With Cooke’s irresistible voice and magnetic personality, the Soul Stirrers attained peak popularity. All of the graceful phrasings and sensual sounds that later took him to the top of the pop charts developed during his time with the Soul Stirrers. Many consider his work with the group to be his best. “I’m not even interested in his pop records,” Jerry Wexler once said.

Cooke left to pursue a career in secular music in 1957 and was replaced by Johnnie Taylor. The Arkansas-born Taylor had also sang with the Highway QC’s, but he was singing with a Chicago group called the Melody Makers when he replaced Cooke in the Soul Stirrers. “I was singing in this little group,” he told writer Robert Palmer, “and here was this big star asking me if I’d join the biggest gospel group around. Man, I thought I was on Easy Street.”

Taylor sang their brilliant, Cooke-produced recording of “Stand By Me Father” (later reworked by soul singer Ben E. King into the classic “Stand By Me”).

The group went through numerous personnel changes, and Jesse Farley was eventually the lone remaining original member. But the Soul Stirrers remained a viable and functioning institution, recording several great songs for Chess Records, including an album dedicated to Sam Cooke. Johnnie Taylor’s replacement, Jimmy Outler, was killed in 1967, and he was replaced by another member of the Highway QC’s, Willie Rogers.

Legacy of the Soul Stirrers continues to echo through the parallel worlds of gospel and soul music, and their urgent, expressive recordings never sound outdated.

The Soul Stirrers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, and they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2000.