The Black History of the White House

Submitted by Adrian on Tue, 07/26/2016 - 08:56

“I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.”
-Michelle Obama

These words were spoken by Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention and with these words have come much curiosity.

Yes!  This is true.  The White House and a great deal of Washington D.C. were built by free men and slave labor.  Slaves were used to perform many of the tasks and functions necessary, unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled. Most of these slaves were leased or rented from their owners.  

Thoughts on Personalizing Diversity

Submitted by Adrian on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 08:54

Today, before work, I went out for breakfast and while there a fairly large group of people came in.  I was not sure as to their ethnic background but I am somewhat sure that they were of Muslim background (the restaurant is across the street from a Mosque). As I watched them I was taken with a "spirit" that seemed to emanate from them and that got me to thinking about some of my attitudes.

What is Ruhi?

Submitted by Adrian on Sun, 10/27/2013 - 00:07

Originally posted here:  http://nibahai.org:80/blogs/adrian-mckee/what-ruhi-10328

Here on Northern Illinois Baha'is there is a lot of mention about Ruhi classes so I decided to include this short explanation of what Ruhi is for those who are curious about it.

Bahá'ís everywhere are engaged in a global process of learning that is helping to build their capacity to apply the teachings of Bahá'u'lláh (the Prophet Founder of the Bahá'í Faith) to the transformation of society.

Being Bahá'í in the Cowboy State

Submitted by Adrian on Sun, 02/24/2013 - 00:05

Originally posted here:  http://www.nibahai.org:80/blogs/adrian-mckee/being-bahai-cowboy-state-10142

Though this radio broadcast is not focused on the Northern Illinois Area, it discusses Baha'i Celebrations and Holy Days (since Tuesday February 26 starts our Festival of Ayyám-i-Há). I thought I would add the link to this broadcast from Wyoming Public Radio entitled "Being Bahá'í in the Cowboy State".

After Newtown

Submitted by Adrian on Sat, 01/12/2013 - 23:58

Originally posted here:  http://nibahai.org:80/blogs/adrian-mckee/after-newtown-10100

In the aftermath of Newtown it can be frustrating when looking at the news.  And I'm sure my $.02 worth is not going to make that much difference, but we, as a nation need to make some difficult changes in order to do something about what is truly going on in a society where such carnage is becoming more and more commonplace.

An Observation, now that the election is over.

Submitted by Adrian on Wed, 11/07/2012 - 00:01

Originally posted here:  http://nibahai.org:80/blogs/adrian-mckee/observation-now-election-over-1075

Now that the election is over I have a couple of observation/thoughts I wish to express.

The first of these is that as Bahá’ís we are encouraged to stay out of conflict and contention, which are the characteristics of our partisanship politics practiced in our current political system.   Being Bahá’í is about coming together, working together for the greater good of all humanity.