Library Newsletter

Newsletter of the Library and Resource Center

Sherman United Methodist Church

2214 Ridge

Evanston, Il.  60201

May/June 2018

 “…Let the wise listen and add to their learning,
    and let the discerning get guidance” – Proverbs 1:5
“Reading Christians will be knowing Christians.” – John Wesley
Ubuntu, Zulu word meaning: “I am human because you are human.”

 During May and June, the Library celebrated Mothers and Fathers.  On the bulletin boards and in this newsletter, we identified Sherman’s Kindergarten through college 2018 graduates. We showcased our collection of Women’s Day program bulletins ranging from 1997 when Greta Oglesby was Women’s Day chair to the 2017 bulletin when Helen Roberts-Evans was guest speaker.  We acknowledged Pentecost (the birthday of the Christian Church), and Aldersgate Sunday that honors Methodist Church founder, John Wesley. We also recognized the following events: Asian-Pacific Heritage Month, Juneteenth, National Stroke Awareness Month, and African American Music Appreciation Month.

Library staffers were busy.  Materials were accessioned and cataloged. Kudzi and Felicia Chiomadizi left to spend the summer in Erie, Pa.; Virginia Sanders traveled to Israel; Donna Long met Congressman John Lewis; Gloria Hamilton attended a meeting of librarians at Northwestern and viewed an exhibit in the Africana Library called “Noteworthy Women of the Program of African American Studies (PAS).                   


SUMC LIBRARY DONOR. Ms. Delores Mitchell, a friend of Mrs. Yvonne Lemond, donated seventy-nine (79) items to the library.  Most of these materials were accessioned by youth library assistant, Kudzi.

  1. MORGAN WAS GUEST SPEAKER for the Greater Chicago Area of Church Women United  on May 4, 2018. The theme was “Reaching for Wholeness in Gratitude for God’s Presence.”

SUMW NEWS– Joining over 6,000 United Methodist Women, Cheryl Kendrick, President of SUMW, along with Mildred Carter, Vidette Mixon, and Venita Fields attended UMW’s 19th Quadrennial Assembly, May 18-20 in Columbus, Ohio. The theme was Power of the Bold: Faith, Hope, Love in Action. The 2018 Assembly marked the 150th anniversary of the formation of UMW; the first Assembly was held in 1942 in Columbus.  “United Methodist Women is currently the largest faith-based women’s organization in the world.” Each year, local units focus on social justice issues including maternal and child health, climate justice, mass incarceration, and economic inequality.  Sherman’s UMW June study was Embracing Wholeness, An Earth Perspective for Covenantal Living by Jessica Stonecypher.  The study was led by Cheryl Kendrick and Delores Malone.

NORTHEASTERN ILLINOIS DEPOSITORY LIBRARIANS (NIDL) GROUP MEETING. Gloria Hamilton attended the Spring NIDL meeting on Friday May 18th at NU Library. A major topic was the 2020 Census and how the current administration plans to ask a question on citizenship which will adversely impact both legal and illegal immigrants. According to documents librarian, Ben Aldred (U of I- Chicago) “there hasn’t been a citizenship question on the main census in nearly 70 years.” Civil liberty groups and others fear that this question will discourage participation in the census and affect public services in metropolitan areas that receive federal funds.   During the NIDL meeting Gloria also learned about a website that documents the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII.

MORAN CENTER FUND RAISER. On May 30th Donna and Marty Long and Joi, Tim, Ava and Mark Russell attended the 2018 Moran Center’s Justice in Action Gala. They met the Honorable John Lewis, U.S. and Representative and Civil Rights Leader who was the guest speaker. The Moran Center  advocates for Evanston youth their families and focuses on “legal representationsocial work servicesrestorative justice services and outreach & advocacy.

EVENS PAUL, Director of Sustainable Action International for Haiti, spoke at Sherman on Sunday June 3rd on the subject: “Stopping God’s Power.”

REV. MORGAN AND MILDRED CARTER ATTENDED THE NORTHERN ILLINOIS ANNUAL CONFERENCE June 3-5, 2018 at the Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles, Illinois. The theme was: “Navigating Uncharted Waters” (Romans 5:3b-4).  Two of Sherman’s former student pastors Dale Kelley from Clair Christian and Harlene Harden Associate Pastor, Sycamore UMC were in the retiring class of 2018. The Bishop’s appeal was for Global Migration.

SANDERS FAMILY TOURED ISRAEL  From June 10-18, Virginia, her daughter, Jennifer, and grandson Michael traveled to Israel and visited many places including the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, Tiberias, the Dead Sea, and the Jordan River where the three were baptized.


DEBRA ESTES REPORTED THAT DOROTHY E. ROBERTS WAS A FEATURED GUEST ON MSNBC, on Monday June 25, 2018. A professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Dorothy is a scholar of race, gender and the law, and has appointments in the Departments of Africana Studies and Sociology and the Law School. Prior to going to Penn, she was the Northwestern Kirkland & Ellis Law professor and she held Joint appointments in the Institute for Policy Research, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences in African American Studies and Sociology.  She attended Sherman and is the sister of Helen Roberts-Evans, missionary to Liberia.

DELORES MALONE continues to teach classes for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

SUMC BIBLE STUDY–God’s Prophets Demand Justice.  Led by Cheryl Kendrick, the class is discovering how prophet “Micah Calls for Justice Among Unjust People.”


What’s Happening with SUMC Students and Young Adults

“Train up a child….”


K-8th grades

Mark Russell, (son of Joi and Tim), graduated from Haven Middle School.  Mark participated in the Moran Center Gala. Kudzaishe Chiomadzi (son of Wellington and Felicia) received an academic honors certificate from Nichols School. China Archie, (daughter of Esther and Garry), graduated from Bessie Rhodes School. Kenneth Coleman, (son of Stephanie and Ray) graduated from Willard School. Elijah Nelson, (son of Shonda), graduated from Chute Middle School.

High School Students

Megan Harris, (daughter of Andrea and Sheldon); Loren Robinson, (daughter of Claudette and Dino) and Isaiah Braithwaite, (son of Claudia and Peter) graduated from ETHS.  Megan will attend National Louis University; Isaiah will attend Ohio Wesleyan, and Loren will attend Colorado Mesa University.

College Students and Young Adults

Brittney Stephan graduated from Garrett; she has been commissioned as a Probationary Elder in Indiana and appointed as the Assoc. Director of Multicultural Vibrancy for the Michigan Conference of the UMC.

Brandy Sanders (granddaughter of Virginia Sanders) graduated from the University of Iowa. She has been accepted at DePaul University graduate school.

Brittany Ann Chess (granddaughter of Vivian Harris) graduated from Indiana State University with honors. She was also listed on the Spring 2018 Dean’s list.

Toi Davenport made the Dean’s list at DePaul University

Anna Long completed her second year of graduate school at IUPUI

Kayla Long has a summer internship at Sanctuary Wealth Partners in Indianapolis.  She made the Dean’s list at Butler University.

Michael Matthew completed his third year at Howard; he is pictured with his Aunt, Dayna Thomas at the National Portrait Gallery in D.C.

Maya Braithwaite completed her second year at Central Michigan and will be working at a Y for the summer.

Rev. Wellington Chiomadzi is serving at a UMC in Erie, Pa. accompanied by Firirsiya and Kudazashie. Sarah Cissy Namakose traveled to Uganda to spend the summer with her husband, children and church members at Kitega UMC.  

Jeff Adams is spending the summer working and ministering at the Presbyterian Homes in Evanston.

Ava Williams begins her pastoral appointment in July at Elsie UMC, in the Western Michigan Conference.


­­­­­­­­ May and June Library Celebrations and Exhibits

 Asian-Pacific American Heritage  Sherman recognized: Jeanine Friedman, Sophia Jenkins, Jaeseong Lee, Dr. Ligaya Marasigan, Donna Wong Long, and Detective Joseph Wong (Donna’s father) who was featured in Jet Magazine Sept. 14, 1961. (Donna’s father on right)

Mother’s Day first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, in West Virginia. By 1911 all U.S. states observed the holiday, with some officially recognizing Mother’s Day as a local holiday. In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day, the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday.

Juneteenth – celebrated since June 19th 1865 Freedom Day or Emancipation Day which commemorates the day when slaves in Texas found out that Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.

 American Library Association (ALA) annual conference, June 21-26 New Orleans. Opening session speaker, Former First Lady, Michele Obama; closing session speaker, actress Viola Davis.

African American Music Appreciation Month a month-long observance, honoring the musical contributions of Black artists.  First declared in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter, in 2000, President Clinton signed the bill, formally establishing Black Music Month as a national observance. President Barack Obama proclaimed June as African-American Appreciation Month in 2011.

Aldersgate Sunday celebrated in May recognizes John Wesley’s conversion experience which occurred Wednesday May 24, 1738.

SUMC Women’s Day June 10, 2018 

Theme: “Embracing Wholeness.” Guest speaker, Dr. Cynthia Wilson, Associate General Sec’y (AGS) of Discipleship Ministries United Methodist Church. Dr. Wilson is a teacher, preacher, minister of music, world renown gospel and spirituals singer, entrepreneur, ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church. Her message was entitled: “I’m Ready for Something Better!”

Father’s Day was designated by President Lyndon Johnson, June 15, 1966 by Public Law 89-450 which resolved that the third Sunday in June of 1966 would be designated as “Father’s Day”.  Celebrating Father’s Day is attributed to Sonora Dodd from Spokane, Washington whose father raised her and her siblings after her mother’s death during childbirth. The first Father’s Day was celebrated June 1910.

 More May – June Happenings You Should Know

  • May 1, 1950 Poet, Gwendolyn Brooks awarded Pulitzer Prize for her book Annie Allen
  • May 5, 1857 Dred Scott decision declares that African Americans are not citizens
  • May 13, 1950 Steveland Morris (Stevie Wonder) born in Saginaw, Michigan
  • May 19, 1925 Malcolm X born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • June 13, 1937 Eleanor Holmes Norton born in Washington, DC.
  • June 23, 1940 Wilma Rudolph winner of three gold medals in a single Olympics, was born in Clarksville, Tennessee
  • June 27, 1872 Poet Paul Laurence Dunbar born in Dayton, Ohio

Read More About It — Bibliography of Books, Articles, Websites

Books and magazines with ** are located in the Library on the lower level of Winfield Hall

African American Music Month

 Cone, James H. The Spirituals and The Blues: An Interpretation. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 1991.

“Cynthia Wilson: Building community through song, Faith and Leadership,” February 28, 2011. Faith & Leadership, the online magazine of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. (website)

Fineberg, Gail. Legend of the Blues: B.B. King receives Library’s living legend award” Library of Congress. Information Bulletin, October 2005, pg. 216. **

 Asian Heritage Month

Asian-Pacific American Heritage month became law under President Jimmy Carter in 1978; it received the official designation under President George W. Bush.  On May 1, 2015, President Obama issued a Proclamation which recalled “the rich heritage of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders that spans the world and the depths of America’s history.  (Website:

Sherman’s bulletin board included pictures of Attorney, Jeanine Friedman; NIC District Superintendent, Rev. Young Mee Park; Pastor of Lemont UMC Rev. Hyo Sun Oh; US Department of Labor Secretary, from 2001-2009, Elaine L. Chao; and Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang.

Japanese American Redress Collection (website) Northeastern Illinois University was chosen as the Chicago site for the Commission on the Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) hearings held September 22-23, 1981. These hearings investigated the legality of Executive Order 9066, a mandate issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during World War II that forcibly evacuated and detained over 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry, two-thirds of whom were American citizens. For questions concerning the website, contact NEIU librarian, Hanna Ahn at

 Kids explore America’s Japanese American Heritage. Santa Fe, N.M.: J. Muir Publications; 1994, 134 p. ** (call no. 973 Kids) Presents writings by students in grades three to seven on topics of Japanese American culture, including sports, cooking, history, and art (donor: Darlene Eady)

 Celebrating the Life of Professor James H. Cone

 Cone, James H. Black Theology and Black Power. San Francisco: Harper & Row, [1989], ©1969.

Cone, James H. A Black Theology of Liberation.: Philadelphia: Lippincott [1970] ©1970. ** (Donor: Dr. Gessel Berry)

Garrett remembers Distinguished Alum Rev. Dr. James Hal Cone, Founder of Black Liberation Theology April 29, 2018 Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful (website)  (

Health and Wellness

 NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illinois, Cook County North Suburban (website)

Stoke Awareness Month. and  (website)


Stroke Risk Factors for African-Americans ( Facts: 1) One half of all African American women will die from stroke or heart disease. 2) African Americans are twice as likely to die from stroke as Caucasians. 3) The rate of first strokes in African Americans is almost double that of Caucasians, and strokes tend to occur earlier in life for African Americans than Caucasians.  4) African American stroke survivors are more likely to become disabled and experience difficulties with daily living and activities.

John Wesley and the Methodist Church

“Africa University’s Ningen Kokuho: The Rev. Dr. Cynthia A. Wilson.” Africa University Today, Winter 2014, p.4.

Collins, Kenneth, J., A real Christian – the life of John Wesley, Nashville (Tenn.): Abingdon Press, 1999. 1992.** A biography of John Wesley. (Donor: Dr. Gessel Berry)

 Global Migration. Bishop’s appeal for the 2018 Northern Illinois Conference. “UMCOR and Global Ministries are addressing the global refugee and migration crisis.

Joy, James Richard, John Wesley’s awakening, Dallas, Texas: Methodist Pub. House, 1937. ** call no. 287 Joy.  (Donor: Dr. Gessel Berry)

Stonecypher, Jessica. Embracing wholeness; an earth perspective for covenantal living. The book emphasizes living in covenantal relationship with the earth, as well as with our communities, ourselves and God.

 Vickers, John A. John Wesley: founder of Methodism. Peterborough: Methodist Publishing House, 1991. ** (Donor: Dr. Gessel Berry)

 Wesley, Charles, Oliver Aveyard Beckerlegge and S.T. Kimbrough.  The unpublished poetry of Charles Wesley, vol. I-II, Nashville: Abingdon Pres, 1988, 325 p. ** call no. 821.6 Wesley (Donor: Dr. Gessel Berry)

Wesley, John, Richard P. Heitzenrater, and W. Reginald Ward. Journal and Diaries. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1989. v. 4, 1755-1765. 1992.** (Donor: Dr. Gessel Berry)

 United Methodist Women 2018 Assembly Columbus, Ohio. For more information on the Assembly and the Ubuntu Day of Service see: UMW Response Magazine ( Speakers:

  • Michelle Alexander, Author, “The New Jim Crow”
  • Katharine Hayhoe, Climate Scientist
  • Nat Geo, TV Host
  • Tamika Mallory, Women’s Rights Activist
  • Linda Sarsour, Women’s Rights Activist
  • Marian Wright Edelman, Children’s Defense Fund
  • Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Prize Recipient
  • Hannah Adair Bonner, Activist/Film Maker
  • Harriett Jane Olson, Ceo/General Secretary.

Waltz, Alan K. A Dictionary for United Methodists. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1991. Donor: Dr. Gessel Berry


Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the US. Also called Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, it began when slaves in Texas were read General Order 3 by Union General Granger in Galveston stating: “The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer.

 Wiggins, William H. Jr., O Freedom! Afro-American Emancipation Celebrations, Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1987. “In this lively study – part history, part ethnography, and part personal reminiscence -Mr. Wiggins has combined painstaking research and detailed interviews with a relaxed, readable writing style to produce a richly textured and fascinating account of a little-known slice of Americana.” (from NY Times Review)

 Miscellaneous Bibliography of Books, Articles, Websites

 Church Women United CWU, is a racially, culturally, theologically inclusive Christian women’s movement, celebrating unity in diversity and working for a world of peace and justice. Founded in 1941, CWU is a movement representing Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox and other Christian women; it is organized into over 1,200 local and state units working for peace and justice in the US and Puerto Rico; and is recognized as a non-governmental organization (NGO) by the United Nations. (website)

District 65 to create new positions addressing black student success, racial achievement gap” Source: Daily Northwestern, January 23, 2018. Article features friend of Sophia Jenkins, Anya Tanyavutti.

Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Northwestern’s Program of African Studies (PAS).  Noteworthy Women of the Program of African Studies, “Curated by NU Africana librarian, Florence Mugambi, the exhibit focuses on the contributions of noteworthy women graduates such as scholars Mabel Murphy Smythe-Haith, who worked with Thurgood Marshall on Brown v. Board of Education and Johnnetta Cole, who became Director of the National Museum of African Art from 2009-2017.” The exhibit is located at the Herskovits Library of African Studies, 1970 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 5th Floor East.

50th Anniversary Bursar’s Office Takeover at Northwestern University.  Remembering when “ten black student negotiators met with nine university officials…to discuss the administration’s reply to demands that led to a black sit-in at the university bursar’s office… Demand no. 15 –CURRICULUM: That the university add a Black Studies course to the curriculum including studies in Black history, literature and art.” (source: Northwestern Daily, Sat. May 4, 1968.) Websites:, the Bursar’s Office takeover of 1968

Sustainable Action International an organization led by Rev. Evens Paul and his wife, Karina, is a movement that brings “the hope of Christ to Haiti;” It supports students and provides education and sustainable resources to rebuild the community through faith. Rev. Evens is currently a student of Garrett Theological Seminary getting a Master’s Degree in Christian Education. (website)