After a series of short hospital stays, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter today decided to spend his remaining time at home with his family and receive hospice care instead of additional medical intervention. He has the full support of his family and his medical team. The Carter family asks for privacy during this time and is grateful for the concern shown by his many admirers.
Ultimately, God has the final say about when He calls him home, but let’s keep our 39th president, who is a blessed 98 years old, and his family in our prayers during this difficult time.
As a new mother, I am most definitely on the hunt for imaginative and informative children’s books! So I was excited to hear that Senator Raphael G. Warnock, Georgia’s first black senator who is also the senior pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church here in the A, recently released a children’s book Put Your Shoes On & Get Ready! Below is the description of the book:
From Georgia’s first Black Senator Raphael Warnock comes an inspiring picture book about finding your dreams and making your mark in the world.
Before Raphael Warnock became a pastor and the first Black senator from Georgia, he was a little boy whose father told him to get up, get dressed, put on his shoes, and get ready! So that’s what he did, along every step of his journey. From his work boots to his marching band shoes to his shiny lace-ups, Senator Reverend Warnock found the right shoes to fit his feet and to carry him toward his dreams.
This inspirational story, with bold, brilliant art by TeMika Grooms, follows Raphael Warnock’s journey from Savannah, Georgia, to the United States Senate and shows young readers that they, too, can find the power to be themselves and make a difference when they have the shoes that fit their feet.
About the Author
Raphael G. Warnock was elected the first Black senator from Georgia in 2020. He also serves as the senior pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta. Senator Reverend Warnock went to Morehouse College and Union Theological Seminary and is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is the eleventh of twelve siblings, and has two children, Chloe and Caleb. You can find out more about him at warnockforgeorgia.com.
TeMika Grooms is an Atlanta-based artist and art activist who illustratedSave The Crash-test Dummies by Jennifer Swanson and Nana’s Favorite Things by Dorothy H. Price. She is the Founder and Program Coordinator for KidsLitATL, a grassroots organization to support a diverse group of creators in Atlanta, Georgia, where she lives with her cat, Nina Simone, and her two daughters, who she affectionately calls Thing One and Thing Two. You can visit her online at www.temikatheartist.com.
And below is Senator Warnock sharing why he wrote the book on ABC’s The View:
It’s not easy being a PK (Preacher’s/Pastor’s Kid). And it must be even harder when your parent is also famous! That’s why I had to stop scrolling when I recently saw this post on Rev. Al Sharpton’s Facebook page…
The first episode aired last week and is below…
According to Bossip.com, “The Sharpton Sisters, ” a half-hour talk show, will air every Wednesday at 9:00PM (ET) / 6:00PM (PT) exclusively on FOX SOUL. The Sharpton sisters interview Rev. Al on the first episode, but in future episodes children of other celebrities will be featured such as Etienne and Ivy Maurice, children of Sheryl Lee Ralph; Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X; Riley Burruss, daughter of Kandi Burruss and more…
FOX SOUL is a new LIVE and interactive streaming network dedicated to the African American viewer. The programs aim to celebrate Black culture and deal with real topics that impact the everyday lives of the Black community through frank and insightful dialogue with local and national influencers.
I hope they have success with their new show, particularly as I’m a PK and I love the shows on FOX SOUL!