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'Just act yourself'

This is the message from teens at the Lutheran Church of the Abiding Savior, Durham, N.C., through their DVD called “What’s Color Got to Do With It?”

The 15 African American youth said they experienced racism at church events, including the 2006 ELCA Youth Gathering, and decided to do something about it. “A lot of people in the church either don’t know that this is a problem going on in the church or they don’t want to accept that they may be part of the problem,” said Michele Hidgins, one of the youth.

Working with their pastor, Gordon H. Myers, the group received a $4,000 grant from the North Carolina Synod to produce the DVD.

But the youth don’t want to just inform, they want things to change. On his video spot Steffan Braswell offered this how-to advice: “Just act yourself, come up and say, ‘Hello, how are you doing?’ Get to know us before you make assumptions.”

Myers said the video has received extremely positive feedback. It also won the 2007 Durham County Youth Organization Award.

The video was distributed to all synod congregations. The youth hope to make enough copies so their message can get out to others who want to hear it. For information, call Abiding Savior at 919-682-7497.


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