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These formal gifts of service alone would qualify her as a distinguished
recipient of this award. But Norma has always brought more to the table.
Faithfulness: Following what we call the “Black Empowerment Controversy”, when
so many African Americans, including myself, left our faith, Norma stayed and
worked tirelessly for a change of understanding and of heart. Integrity: She has
spoken truth to power and used the power of her positions to serve the truth.
Accountability: Norma has held this faith's feet to the fire not just on issues
of race, but across the board as we have struggled to live up to the principles
Norma Poinsett has been and remains a friend and mentor to hundreds of
Unitarian Universalists. Educator, activist and visionary, her presence and her
voice have served as an inspiration and catalyst for racial justice and for
Norma Poinsett's life exemplifies service and commitment to Unitarian
Universalism at the highest level.
Norma, on behalf of Unitarian Universalism, let me offer my thanks to you,
for staying the course, for your willingness both to stay engaged and stay
honest. Your presence is a blessing.
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Last updated on Thursday, September 8, 2011.
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