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Rev. Cecelia Bryant

Rev. Cecelia Bryant

The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST For Thursday, July 9, 2015. An extremely active and information packed program.  (AME Interview Starts At 5:42 Mark On PODCAST Media Player). Black Expo week besides Summer Celebration activities, some 5,000 Christians from the United States and the world will be in Indy as part of the Quadrennial Conference of Women and Youth of the AME Church.  The African Methodist Episcopal Church is strongly mostly in the East and South, but has churches in every state including Indiana. The AME church was at the forefront of the fight against slavery, against Jim Crow, they were on the front lines of the civil rights movement and the movement for human rights and justice around the world.  The AME Church speaks truth to power which is why the forces of evil struck at the church in the Charleston Massacre.  Appearing on Afternoons with Amos was one of the top AME officials for this part of the country. Indiana is part of the 4th AME District,. which includes most of the Midwest, the nation of Canada and surprisingly the subcontinent of India.  The Rev. Cecelia Bryant is Episcopal Supervisor for the AME Church’s 4th District. In her interview she talked powerfully and passionately about the AME Church history and their passion for justice.  She spoke eloquently at the nine who died in Charleston – the Charleston Martyrs she called them and about their sacrifice which is bringing positive change.  She talked about how the AME church has found converts and adherents in India. Especially among the descendants of African slavers brought to the subcontinent by the Portuguese who had a colony called Goa in India for centuries.

Rev. Allan McClendon

Rev. Allan McClendon

Rev. Bryant was joined by the Rev. Allan McClendon, pastor of Indy’s St. Paul AME Church. Both talked about the AME Convention in Indianapolis which will have two major open to the public events.  The major one is the Wailing Wall, and ecumenical witness for Christ on Thursday, July 16th, a for 24 hours, at the JW Marriott, which is the convention’s headquarters hotel. There’s also a a special unique concert, also at the JW Marriott on Saturday, July 18th. For information on those events you can call Allen Chapel AME Church at 317-926-9925.

Dr. Michael Twyman

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(Interview Starts At 48:48 Mark On PODCAST Media Player). The Your Life Matters/My Brothers Keeper Initiative for Indianapolis now has its own leader.  Dr. Michael Twyman, who formerly worked at the Nina Pulliam Foundation, will be heading the effort to find the funding and community will to implement the comprehensive recommendations of the Your Life Matters/My Brothers Keeper Task Force to help make positive differences in the lives of Black men 14 to 24 here in Indy. Interviewed on Afternoons with Amos, Twyman talked about his goals for the initiative, how the community can hep, and the enormity of the task ahead. (Interview Starts At 32:23 Mark On PODCAST Media Player). Greg Wilson, Director of the City’s office of Minority, Women and Veteran owned Businesses talked about the Upcoming Bike Ride, July 11th for the community at the Major Taylor Velodrome.  Wilson was asked about the report Mayor Greg Ballard will make during Indiana Black Expo’s Mayor’s Breakfast about the progress the Ballard Administration has made in spending with minority, women and veteran-owned businesses.  Wilson was also asked his reaction to the news that IMPD released video of the fatal police action shooting of Mack Long. (Mack Long Video Release Discussion Starts At 1:15:55 Mark On PODCAST Media Player). Long was killed by two IMPD officers during a chase and scuffle on Easter Sunday near 30th and Sherman Drive. Amos updated media Tweets from a press conference held during the Afternoons with Amos’ airtime by IMPD Chief Rick Hite showing media the video from the body cam of an IMPD officer. The video shows that Long was shot by both police officers.  Both officers fired twice.  The video unfortunately doesn’t show the alleged struggle between Long and one officer. But police didn’t share with the media video taken by a civilian on their cellphone. Amos talked and got reaction with activist Muhammad Siddeeq, a critic of police action shootings and one of the activists involved in the Michael Taylor case 28 years ago. (Interview Starts At 40:24 Mark On PODCAST Media Player). And author Millicent Elaine Williams stopped by to talk about her book Veda’s Vittles about her mothers exploits as an Indy area chef and caterer.  The books is a personal account of Williams’ mom. The self published book available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble on line sites also contains some of Veda’s recipes.  The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST for Thursday, July 9, 2015 Runs 98 Minutes. ©2015 WTLC/Radio One. PODCAST Starts After Brief Video Ad.