Holy Heretic Devotional – Jan. 26, 2017-Sheros and Heroes




Compiled by Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center Assistant Director, Reiki Master, and Psychic Kali Meister

“There is always something left to love. And if you ain’t learned that, you ain’t learned nothing.” Lorraine Hansberry

Hansberry was born in Chicago during the Great Depression. Her father, Carl Hansberry, played a pivotal role there in the struggle to end restrictive housing covenants. After he purchased a home in a previously all-white neighborhood, a group of white residents organized mobs and legal challenges to block the sale, citing restrictive covenants that prohibited the sale of houses to African Americans, Jews and others.

In 1866, right after the Civil War, Congress had passed the Civil Rights Act, which ostensibly provided citizenship rights to African people as well as provisions to guard against discrimination in housing. But the law was largely ignored for decades.

Carl Hansberry filed a lawsuit against the practice, winning a favorable ruling in 1940 from the U.S. Supreme Court. The Hansberry v. Lee decision constituted the beginning of the end of restrictive covenants.

n 1953, Hansberry met Jewish songwriter and activist Robert Nemeroff on a picket line in New York City. The two were married. They divorced in 1962 but continued to work together.


Today’s Action: When has love pulled you through a dark time? Express that in song. We are all music. Let your voice express love. Voice is energy and this world needs love energy. Sing.

Today’s Sharing: Share your song with us on the Holy Heretic Facebook page at facebook.com/holyhereticzine.

** Don’t forget your gratitude journal at the back of your print edition of HolyHeretic!

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