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Community Easter Sunrise Service at Farnsworth Park

Everyone is invited to the Easter Sunrise Services for the Pasadena/Altadena Communities to be held at Farnsworth Park, on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. The park's beautiful amphitheater is located at 568 East Mount Curve Avenue, (corner of Lake Avenue). You will not want to miss this dynamic service as we witness the sunrise on this glorious Easter Sunday.

The Easter message of victory will be proclaimed by Rev. Kerwin L. Manning, who serves as the "Head Coach"/Senior Pastor of Pasadena Church . . . The Church with no limits! Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Pastor Manning completed his undergraduate work at Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion. Currently, he serves as President of the Clergy Community Coalition. Pastor Manning and his wife Madelyn have been married for twenty one years and have two daughters, Madison and Morgan.

This annual event is being planned and organized by the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Greater Pasadena/Altadena. The Sunrise Service is also supported by the Ecumenical Council of Pasadena/Altadena Area Churches and the Clergy Community Coalition of Pasadena. Together, these groups represent over seventy churches from many denominations and ethnicities.

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Should The Month Of April Be Met With Celebration or Dread?

The Easter Message in Modern Historical Perspective

African American news from Pasadena - Religion - Easter message - Should April be met with celebration or dreadNow Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. (45) Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth." (46)Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." (John 1:44-46, NRSV)

The chirping birds, flowers beginning to bloom, and the moderately shifting warmer weather resemble everything that is beautiful about life in spring-time. Aside from the occasional spring rain showers or the dusting of pollen across the broad landscape, the decorative colors of Cherry blossoms and refreshing smells of Jasmine and Azalea blossoms signal all that we may imagine of the outdoor pleasantries of picnic-type gatherings. Wedding chapel bells fill the air with joyous rings of glee and excitement in spring-time. Spring signals the end of the brutal wintery weather and frost chilled days and nights. The occasional kite flying in a stirring wind or the picturesque image of father and son tossing a baseball in the park all but capture the modest pleasures which mark the shifting seasonal tide. Yet, historically, April has signaled more than just these ideal feelings and images. Beneath the surface, the fourth month in our calendar year has documented some of the most tragic and noteworthy events in human history.

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Black News and News Makers in History

4/17/1990: August Wilson, playwright, wins second Pulitzer Prize for drama with "The Piano Lesson."

4/18/1955: Bill Russell named Boston Celtics coach, first African American to coach established professional athletics team.

4/18/1976: Percy Julian, inventor of over 138 chemical patents & pioneer synthesizer of cortisone drugs, dies.

4/19/1947: Jackie Robinson becomes first African American major league baseball player.

4/19/1775: Minutemen, of both black and white ethnicity, fought British soldiers at Lexington, Concord, & Bunker Hill.

4/19/1887: Elijah J McCoy, inventor, patents lubricant attachment.

4/19/1892: Robert Coates, inventor, patents overboot for horses.

4/20/1853: Harriet Tubman, fugitive slave, freedom fighter & spy, starts Underground Railroad. Read More.

4/20/1899: Edward ("Duke") Kennedy Ellington, entertainer, born.

4/21/2003: Nina Simone, singer, dies in Paris France.

4/22/1596: First recorded slave revolt occurs in Stono, SC.

4/22/1970: Yale University students protest in support of Black Panthers.

4/22/1978: Bob Marley, singer, held famous "One Love" concert.

4/23/1856: Granville T. Woods, prolific inventor, born.

4/23/1872: Charlotte E. Ray becomes first female African American attorney. Read More.

4/23/1913: National Urban League founded.