In honor of the Ancestors who prayed for freedom and justice while they were enslaved
In honor of those praying women who sacrificed to keep their families together
In honor of the men whose back-breaking labor-built homes, schools and this great church
In honor of their children who treasured the legacy handed to them and handed the same with blessed additions to their children
In gratitude for hard earned pennies, nickels and dimes that kept a community fed, housed and clothed
In gratitude for every shop, hardware store, speak easy that ever stood on Antioch Church Rd.
In deep gratitude to the men called "wicked" who built the first Antioch School at the request of the women who knew education was a key that would unlock the door to success and life
In awe and gratitude for the next generation of builders and philanthropists whose financial resources and physical strength built the Antioch Rosenwald School
With respect to the alumni of the Rosenwald School, you are living legends and it is an honor to know you.
While we're here, let us tell the children often how much they are loved; how extraordinary they are
While we are here, let us not fail to teach the children the truth of Jesus' love and God's power to heal and to forgive
While we are here, let us wipe clean our slates, let us forgive everyone for everything, perhaps they will forgive us too.
Because we are here, we are the "Walking Epistles the world will read"
Let the world read,
" We Are Antioch!"
We are members of the Body of Christ.
We are one Family.
We choose to live together in unity
We love and accept one another.
We pray for one another
We tell the truth to each other
We are kind to each other
We serve one another
We are patient with each other
We comfort each other
We forgive each other
We are generous with each other
We honor one another
We all suffer when one of us suffers
We all rejoice when one of us is honored
We are the Body of Christ
We walk, work, love, and worship together in Unity of the Holy Spirit
We are Antioch!
Love you so much!
Reverend Dr. MarQuita A. Carmichael Carruthers