Friday, August 31, 2007

Pupil of the Eye: All Things Black and Baha'i

Beautiful children boogie down in Ghana, December 2006

So I have returned from an earth shattering special meeting with Baha'is of African descent that just took place in Atlanta that featured priceless remarks from Mr. and Mrs. Ali and Violette Nakhjavani. More on that later, I promise. The first thing is that inspired by what I learned at this meeting, I've decided to offer something that I have not yet seen in the blogging world: a blog that is singularly focused on pondering the Baha'i Faith and Black Americans. I know that I've dedicated many key strokes to this topic but I've also meandered all around to other topics as well. An online portal for both Black Baha'is and those considering becoming so is much needed, and so I will do my best. Possible features of this new focus would include:

  1. Reflections on how the Baha'i Faith relates to black life in American at the turn of the 21st century.
  2. News and information bearing directly on the experiences of Baha'is of African descent across the globe.
  3. News and information that may be of interest to Baha'is of African descent or those who are investigating becoming one.
  4. Profiles of interesting Baha'is of African descent today.
  5. News and information on important Black Americans from Baha'i history.

Here's how you can help. If you run across anything that even remotely fits into any of these categories, let me know about it so I can blog about it. As always, your participation in the comment section is your best contribution.

I'll close with these encouraging words from 'Abdu'l-Baha addressed to a Black American:

"O thou who hast an illumined heart! Thou art even as the pupil of the eye, the very wellspring of the light, for God's love hath cast its rays upon thine inmost being and thou hast turned thy face toward the Kingdom of thy Lord."
(Abdu'l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha, p. 113)