If We Just Talk of Thoughts and Prayers Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
Tune: O WALY WALY 18.104.22.168 ("Though I May Speak")
If we just talk of thoughts and prayers
And don't live out a faith that dares,
And don't take on the ways of death,
Our thoughts and prayers are fleeting breath.
If we just dream of what could be
And do not build community,
And do not seek to change our ways,
Our dreams of change are false displays.
If we just sing of doing good
And don't walk through our neighborhood
To learn its hope, to ease its pain
Our talk of good is simply vain.
God, may our prayers and dreams and songs
Lead to a faith that takes on wrongs -
That works for peace and justice, too.
Then will our prayers bring joy to you.
December at Oakland Tech
Mr. Harris continues to encourage, challenge and empower our Kings in the Manhood Development Class. Mr. Harris has raised the bar for his class and they have risen to the challenge.
Meanwhile 100 Black Men Mentor the EMT class from 3:30 - 5 on Thursdays and then hold their regular meeting at 5:00. The good work they do is a fine example of sharing love and social justice.
The African American Student Action Planners.
This is a new group started by parents of African American parents. Among their plans for the new year is a group visit to the classrooms on February 21 and an additional College Career Night from a people of color perspective. This group reminds us of the beginning days of Aspire and Achieve and we look for ways to support their effort.
Aspire and Achieve
We continue to support all three organizations as well as providing a tour of the Museum of African Diaspora in April. We look forward to renewing and strengthening our tutoring in the next semester.
We are currently looking for more tutors to strengthen our imprint at Oakland Tech. If you are interested in being a tutor, please contact Aspire and Achieve. This could be your chance to move beyond thoughts and prayers.