Rev. William Robinson Awarded Honorary Doctorate

Rev. William Robinson was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humane Letters by Philander Smith College (PSC) Board of Trustees. The official degree was presented to Rev. Robinson at the College's Commencement. Rev. Robinson also served as speaker at the morning baccalaureate service held at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. Dr Trudie Reed, President of PSC said the Honorary Doctorate was bestowed to Rev. Robinson because of his unwavering contributions to help augment society. "Rev. Robinson was selected because of his witness of faith that birthed BCD and a ministry that reached out to those who others forgot. And because of his prophetic vision, he continues to bring hope and God's message to so many persons in need of spiritual nurturing," Dr. Reed said.

Dr. Reed said that PSC admiration for Rev. Robinson is long-standing and that "we at PSC have observed the many years of service he has made to humanity, leadership to our CDC and to so many community outreach projects that make a difference in the lives of families and children. We are honored to have him accept this Doctorate Degree."

Sharefest Recognizes BCD

In keeping with ShareFest's goal to give churches an opportunity to literally "put their faith to work," BCD-Hoover United Methodist Church recently received a $60,000 love offering from the Nehemiah Group.

The Nehemiah Group leadership team chose six organizations that are widely known as servants of the community, have an established track record of organizational excellence and integrity, address issues identified by the Nehemiah Research Project, and are faith-based or seek to advance core Christian values and whose efforts are clearly a blessing in the community.

Rev. William Robinson said that it is challenging to do the work of BCD with limited resources. "BCD strives to help impact the lives of those who are disadvantaged and faced with inevitable crisis. Without the funding to help those in need, our work seems at time, insurmountable. With support from partners, offering donations, we will certainly make some dreams come true."

ShareFest, a project of the Nehemiah Group, partners with churches and volunteers and works in conjunction with existing churches to mobilize the Christian community to support non-profit organizations.

Youth Come Alive Through Annual "Holy Hookup"

Twenty-two Youth Achievement Center students attended the 2001 Holy Hook-Up Youth Convocation April 4-7 at Westchase Hilton and Towers Hotel in Houston, Texas. Designed especially for youth, the faith-based initiative was hosted by the New Nations Ministries, Inc., in partnership with the Texas Annual Conference. The three-day convocation consisted of workshops, worship, college tours and current issue forums. Activities addressed faith sharing in the church, community and on college campuses.

BCD and Philander Smith Form Partnership

Philander Smith College (PSC) and BCD have entered into a partnership agreement that expand opportunities for college students through a social work field practicum.

PSC's social work program goals prepare competent effective social work professionals who are committed to being in generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities experiencing poverty, oppression and discrimination.

Kenyatta Clay, a PSC senior was selected to work at BCD through the partnership agreement.