Walnut Neighbor Author and Activist


Neighbors, Ashanti and Mari, interviewed Waterloo Human Rights Director and Jubilee United Methodist Pastor, Abraham Funchess, who is a neighbor in the Walnut Neighborhood.  Pastor Funchess published a children's book this past year!

Q:  You recently wrote a children’s book.  What is its title?

A:  Rise

Q:  Why did you write the book?

A:  I wrote it because I love kids and believe they are leaders.  I welcome and challenge students to read, write, and draw.  I would like young students to learn about their past and their elders. 

Q:  What needs do you see for the neighborhood?

A:  I would like to see more productive things for the youth of the neighborhood to get involved with. 

Q: What else would you like to say to young people?

A: I encourage them to thank God when they wake up each day and to work at making the world a better place. 

You can read a newspaper article about Reverend Funchess and the illustrator of Rise,  Chaveevah Banks Ferguson, here.

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