Hyde Park’s Justice Ministry

This video series was recorded in 2020, an unprecendented year in so many ways. It provided an opportunity for us to examine racism, injustice and discrimination as we never had before. To gain a better understanding, we listened to the stories of people of color as they experienced these trials. We also listened to white people to better understanding how racism is learned in society. The videos provide a valuable insight into what must change for use to move toward the promise of liberty and justice for all.

Ann Pointer shares a poignant story of her life with a middle school friend. The two of them “got in trouble” and Ann remembers them being equally culpable in making the decision. Upon being discovered, Ann was given an out to place the blame on her friend. She said that to this day, she is haunted by this decision. Ann’s story illustrates how we are all infected by racism and demonstrates the need for us to strive to learn from past mistakes to make a better future for us all.

Anthony White shares an experience from his childhood that resulted in an interaction with the police. What happened and what he learned from it have caused him to caution his children that they might not be able to do what others do because of the color of their skin. He has helped them navigate through the society they live in and remains optimistic that good people outnumber those who fail to see the value in others.

Berton Newbill tells the story of being in the military and being denied the recognition of his rank due to the color of his skin.  His initial reaction was anger because the men causing the problem were not looking at him from a military perspective, but judging him as a person who was not deserving of respect. Later, friends tried to deny his personal experience. Berton says it was even more hurtful that his friends didn’t believe him. Sharing his story allows for a broader conversation so we get to an acknowledgement that these situations exist.

Doretha Edgecomb shares the impact of growing up in the Jim Crow era and realizing the limitations placed on her hopes, dreams and aspirations based on the color of her skin. She relates the story of a college classmate who was brutally beaten simply for sitting in a bus station waiting room. In response, Doretha and her classmates organized a march to protest the attack. She realized that for things to be different, she would have to speak up, stand up and be a voice of change. Though progress has been made, we haven’t come as far as she had hoped. Change can come through legislation, but she believes that true change begins with changes in the human heart and mind.

Doretha Edgecomb is a lifelong resident of Tampa, apart from her years at a small college in Alabama. She was educated in the segregated school system during the Jim Crow years, then returned to education as a teacher, principal and member of the Hillsborough County School Board. Doretha shares her poem, “Being Black,” which speaks to her life experiences in segregated schools and society.

John Day shares a story from his youth where his mother explained the difference in describing white and black women. He accepted that as the way things were then. He also describes a current day event where he invited four men experiencing homelessness and a coworker for Christmas dinner. He shares concern for his grandson, who is black, and the need to have “the talk” with him as he gets older. John admits to not being very optimistic that we can make progress with racial injustice. For him, it begins with seeing each other as a human being then getting together to talk through these issues.

Rick Cabigas shares his experience of being on a business trip with two colleagues. At their hotel, the valets were of Filipino descent like Rick. He was approached by another hotel guest who mistakenly assumed he was a valet based on his appearance. He became very angry at the guest’s assumption. While his white colleague didn’t understand, his black colleague completely understood. Rick concludes by saying it’s everyone’s duty to make sure we move forward together.

Pastor Steve Nunn shares reflections of racial bias from his days in middle school and during a visit to the beach at Pensacola. In both cases, he was shocked at the interactions. His family was raised to be kind to others. In stark contrast, he tells the story of his great-grandfather, Julius Perry, who was lynched during the Ocoee (FL) election riots in 1920. Julius was wounded and arrested when white men came to his house. He was then taken from the jail in Orlando and lynched. Stephen’s hope is that we will be able to realize our prejudices are due to a lack of knowledge and that we can create change by educating future generations.

Seeking Redemption: Connecting Faith to Justice

Seeking Redemption: Connecting Faith to Justice

Join us online and in-person with Tampa Councilman Luis Viera, Rep. Fentrice Driskell, the Hyde Park United Methodist Justice Team and the Tampa/Hillsborough Equal Justice Initiative Coalition for a timely discussion on the connection of faith and racial justice. Together, a diverse coalition of leaders will facilitate a conversation commemorating and remembering our painful racial history.

We will have representatives from mainline Protestant, evangelical, Roman Catholic, Jewish and Muslim faith traditions, including:

  • The Rev. Dr. Glenn B. Dames, Jr., Senior Pastor, Allen Temple AME Church, Tampa
  • Pastor Christopher J. Harris, Executive Pastor, Crossover Church, Tampa
  • Rabbi Jason Rosenberg, Congregation Beth Am, Tampa
  • Deacon Scott Paine, St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, Tampa
  • A representative from Muslims for Democracy and Fairness, Tampa

In-person Event: Gather in person, socially-distanced with event hosts and panelists at the Hyde Park United Methodist campus. RSVP to attend in-person experience

Virtual Event: RSVP to attend virtual event

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Lift Every Voice: Stories of Injustice and Learned Racism

Lift Every Voice: Stories of Injustice and Learned Racism

The holidays are here – a season of love. But how can we love our neighbors when the city is so divided?

The summer of 2020 ushered in a new era of truth and advocacy that confronts our country’s history of racial discrimination and injustice. Beginning with the “Tampa Technique,” a documentary film about Tampa’s Central Avenue business, a conversation began about the need for a new social justice movement in our time. The dialogue that began there continues with this new event.

Lift Every Voice is a virtual storytelling event you won’t miss!

Storytelling can be a powerful tool in building bridges to our lived experiences. These stories will teach us to:

  1. Be better advocates for racial justice
  2. Be better allies to all people of color
  3. Know better and do better

Courageous conversations validate the lived experiences of injustice and discrimination of people in our lives and in our communities.

These are our friends and neighbors in Tampa Bay. They are people we love, in the city we love. Together, we can make this a better place and life for all.

The event, presented by The Justice Ministry of Hyde Park United Methodist, is free and open to the public. Please pre-register.

Beyond “Tampa Technique”

Beyond “Tampa Technique”

Sponsored by Hyde Park’s Justice Ministry

The summer of 2020 ushered in a new era of truth and advocacy that confronts our country’s history of racial discrimination and injustice.

Our Justice Team started a local conversation with a public screening of the documentary the “Tampa Technique.

Now it’s time to have a deeper conversation that will go beyond the history of the film. We will take this opportunity to ask thought-provoking questions of our panelists and spur our community into public action. For more info contact Chalette@theportico.org.

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Watch Party for “Tampa Technique”

Watch Party for “Tampa Technique”

Sponsored by Hyde Park’s Justice Ministry

We’ve all seen images of Americans responding to racial injustice across the country. Perhaps you have been one of those who have been marching for justice in the streets of our community. An important film, “The Tampa Technique,” examines how our Black neighbors responded to a similar time of injustice in the city.

How do recent Tampa events mirror the history examined in the film? Join us for a watch party that will start the conversation of how we can continue the march toward justice for all. Connect with Dr. Travis Bell, USF professor, for post-screening discussion. What steps can we take to balance the scales of racial equity in the city we love?

Join us on Facebook — 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30

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