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This week I watched “The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song,” a four-hour, two-part series from producer Henry Louis Gates, Jr. This four-hour special traces the 400-year history of the Black church in America.

While watching, I kept thinking about the most impactful part of my Black Church experience at Campground A.M.E. Church in rural Arkansas. Sunday School kept coming to mind. I thought long and hard about what institutions, outside of grade school, impacted my life the way Sunday School did, and I couldn’t think of anything. …


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Grief is universal, but how we grieve is not.

Birth, Missionary, and Grief

About ten years ago, I entered the hospital room of one of my good friends. She lay in the bed, beautiful, radiant. Her new son lay on her chest, and he felt his mother’s love, outside of the womb, for the first time. The energy in the room and the bond between my friend and her beautiful baby brought me joy.

Shortly after I entered the room, one of my friend’s fellow church members visited the new mother and her son. She introduced herself, and we exchanged pleasantries. The new mother…


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“They ain’t making no mo’ land, so hold on to what we got.” These are the wise words my late father often shared with me. I promised him that I would do everything I could to ensure our little piece of land in Arkansas is not lost. Land ownership is an integral part of my Black and rural story.

Unfortunately, land and farm loss is a significant problem in America. Of the one billion acres of arable land in America, only about five million acres are Black-owned. Institutionalized racist policies such as the Homestead Act of 1862, the denial of…


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I grew up in and attended school in rural Southeast Arkansas in the ’80s and ’90s. Overall, I had a great educational experience, but a third-grade experience changed my life forever.

My third-grade teacher asked the class to open our textbooks. I turned to the page she asked us to, and the topic was Black history. To my surprise, on the page was a small, black and white pencil drawing of scantily dressed Black people who were supposed to be slaves. The extent of our Black history discussion was slavery. …


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Montongo Roads a Poetry Chapbook

Andrea D. Price Publishes Poetry Chapbook Montongo Roads

Monticello, Arkansas, 2021 — In a poetry chapbook that captures her culture, Andrea D. Price carefully weaves her Black and rural experiences with social justice and hope. She gives a modern take on what it means to live in rural American while demolishing the fallacy that rural and urban experiences are not connected.

Montongo, Arkansas is the small community where Price grew up. Montongo Roads is her way of paying homage to the culture that influenced her worldview of community, empathy, justice, hope, and love.

“I take Montongo with me everywhere I…


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Capitol Observations — January 6, 2021

  • The pretentious, pompous, incompetent president presides over the insurrectionist’s party.
  • Treasonous flags fly fervently from rafters while attendees pray and salute.
  • Maskless madmen march with blinders on and follow men who mislead them.
  • Parents train children to commit treason rather than teach them to treat others well.
  • Fellas fight for another lost cause and fail miserably. *Heathens climb concrete walls and cause chaos.
  • Cooperative cops take pictures with the crowd.
  • Concerned cops try to control the crowd with little support.
  • Ravenous barbarians break windows and bust through Capitol doors.
  • A seething woman storms the…


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Thanks to COVID-19, people from around the world found new ways to participate in congregational church worship. Some have worshiped over the phone. Others have worshiped via video conferencing. Some have worshiped in church parking lots. Others have attended socially distanced indoor services. All have experienced church in new ways.

COVID-19’s disruption of traditional religious practices has been hard for many, and the economic impact of this disruption will force many churches to close their doors. Other churches whose finances are sufficient will close because of resistance to the most challenging task: change. Every congregation should develop or redevelop a…


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Luiz Martins · Photography pexels.com

This year, I am grateful for the lesson I learned about focus. This lesson didn’t come from taking a class or watching “how-to” videos about focus. This lesson did not come from talking to a therapist about my need to focus because of distractions. This lesson came from Virginia’s COVID-19 face mask mandate.

Masks force me to focus on people’s eyes with a newfound intensity. I even feel people’s emotions in a new way since I focus on their eyes. I looked into the eyes of a woman at the grocery store as she frantically cleaned her shopping cart with…

Andrea D. Price

Author of Everyday Prayers for Servant Leaders and Montongo Roads. More: andreadprice.com

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