Naw Ruz marks the end of the Fast and the beginning of a new year in the Baha’i calendar. Naw-Ruz is a celebration of a “spiritual springtime” that symbolizes both individual renewal and mankind’s revitalization.
America’s Most Challenging Issue is a podcast produced by BahaiTeachings.org which features interviews with Baha’is in the United States who are actively building racial unity through building community. Hosted by Masud Olufani, this episode features choral director and soloist Van Gilmer, who has performed, arranged and conducted music for over sixty years. Born and raised in the Jim Crow south of Greensboro, North Carolina, Van’s early encounters with racism helped to shape his activism as a non-violent protestor during the student sit-in movement of the early 1960’s.
You can find more podcasts, articles, panels, and videos produced by the team at Baha’i Teachings on their website: bahaiteachings.org
In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a stay-at-home parent and a bookworm with a maxed out library card but professionally she is a museologist with a background in English Literature. She currently lives on Prince Edward Island, an isle in the shape of a smile on the eastern Canadian coast. Sonjel is a writer who loves to listen to jazz when she's driving at night.
Very thankful to hear about this early Baha’i from North Carolina. The community he came into was just 20 years old in Greensboro, and it was the first sustained community in the state.
Steven (April 4, 2020 at 2:54 PM)
Here’s the performance of the gospel choir at the 1992 Baha’i World Congress – back to hear the other choirs – https://youtu.be/j7eVhjjLlyw?t=313
Here’s the Voices of Baha choir performance featuring Van Gilmer
Steven (April 4, 2020 at 3:01 PM)