Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Why I Have Mixed Feelings About MLK Day – Time

The Political Agitator response: I agree with Kareem on this one.

I have mixed emotions about Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. For me, it’s a time of hopeful celebration—but also of cautionary vigilance. I celebrate an extraordinary man of courage and conviction and his remarkable achievements and hope that I can behave in a manner that honors his sacrifices. And while Dr. King still has his delusional detractors, who have a dream of dismissing his impact on history, it’s not them I worry about.

His legacy may be in more danger from those who admire him.

Why? Because it’s tempting to use this day as a cultural canonization of the man through well-meaning speeches rather than as a call to practice his teachings through direct action. (Source: Read more)

Nash/Edgecombe County Side Of Rocky Mount/Whitakers: Dr. MLK Jr. Celebrations


Monday, January 19, 2015 – 7:00am – 27th Annual Unity Breakfast, NC Wesleyan’s Dunn Center for the Performing Arts, located on the campus of N.C. Wesleyan College. Speaker: Peggy Wallace-Kennedy, who has broken her family’s legacy to become one of the nation’s foremost voices on justice and equality. Breakfast begins at 7:00am and program starts at 8:00am.

Monday, January 19, 2015 – 11:00am – MLK Day Celebration, Greater Joy Missionary Baptist Church, 820 Nashville Road, Rocky Mount, NC. Speaker: Rev. James Gailliard, Pastor of Word Tabernacle Church, Rocky Mount, NC.

Monday, January 19, 2015 – Volunteers Needed for a Day of Service. Following the 27th Annual Unity Breakfast, volunteers will gather at the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts for the Day of Service Projects. For more information call 252-454-1682 or 252-972-1181.

Monday, January 19, 2015 – 7:30am – 18th Annual MLK Community Empowerment Breakfast, Franklinton Center at Bricks, US 301 North, Whitakers, NC, Speaker: Rev. Eddie Davis, Pastor of Red Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Whitakers, NC. Sponsored by Community Empowerment Alliance.

Monday, January 19, 2015 – 9:30am – 17th Annual Whitakers MLK Day Motorcade & March, Start at Whitakers Town Park, NW Railroad Street; March ends at Bloomer Hill Community Center. Sponsored by the Whitakers Community Club.

Monday, January 19, 2015 – 11:00am – 25th Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration, Bloomer Hill Community Center, US 301, Whitakers, NC, Keynote speaker: Rev. Doris Lindsey, Pastor of Mann’s Chapel AME of Whitakers, NC and Member of the Whitakers Town Board of Commissioners. Music and lunch will be provided.

Edgecombe County: Dr. MLK Jr. Celebrations Monday January 19, 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015 – 8:00am
– MLK Breakfast, Edgecombe County Administration Bldg. Auditorium. Guest speaker: Senator Erica Smith-Ingram.

Monday, January 19, 2015-10:00am – Commemorative March – St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church to St. Luke Church of Christ in Princeville, NC. For more information contact Jamilla Hawkins at 252-641-7821 or Linda Knight at 252-823-1599.

Monday, January 19, 2015-11:30am – 1:00pm – Lunch with the King. St. Luke Church of Christ, Princeville, NC. Speaker- Kenston J. Griffin, Dream Builders Communication, Inc., Charlotte, NC. For more information contact Jamilla Hawkins at 252-641-7821 or Linda Knight at 252-823-1599.

Let Me Clear My Throat! Black Folks, Black Church, NAACP . . .

Let me clear my throat!

I recognize and understand that all black folks ain’t bad, all black churches ain’t bad and all NAACP members ain’t bad.

I have much respect for all black folks but I have more respect for black folks whom care about other folks more than they care about themselves because we are suppose to be our brothers keeper. You see if that was the gospel truth then we all would be covered because you would care about me and I would care about you. But you see I know there are some folks who don’t give a damn about me but guess what, it does not matter because I know it ain’t about me and them but all about him.

I have much respect for the black church, however there are some that I feel are just downright flat out religious pimp grounds. Now that is just my ignant opinion but you see if you like it, I love it! I ain’t mad with you but I refuse to be pimped. I feel my church is moving forward especially after voting in a new pastor last year in March. But when I say the church I don’t just mean the pastor because he does not make up the church alone. Yes the pastor may have some issues but the officers and members of the church who allow mess to go on in the church are all responsible as well for how the church move forward.

I have much respect for the NAACP however some folks whom are in the NAACP just like anything, they don’t have the mission at heart. I am a life fully paid member and I am pleased with what I know about the NAACP because I have been an active member since 1993. So you can have your opinion but you can’t sway me because I know that black folks but not limited to have benefitted from and continue to benefit from the workings of the NAACP.

If it was not for some good black folks, not Safe Negroes that are fighting for equality and justice for others, the good black church and the NAACP, oh where would we be?

So with that being said I can speak for me because I am have been an active NEGRO since the early 90’s so I am rooted in doing what I strongly believe I was put here to do. But again that is just my ignant opinion and you can have yours. But guess what? Your opinion about me mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to me.

Now Run & Tell That!

Edited: January 19, 2015 6:08 am.

The Black Church Should Teach Us About Our History Among Other Things That We As A Black Folks Need To Know!

Until the black churches begin to teach what our history means among other things that we as a black folks need to know, then it will continue to be a long time coming.

Makes me wonder if the black churches want black folks to stay right where they are because the pastor and many close to him got theirs, living the good life and the hell with those whom are struggling daily due to the lack of knowledge. Curmilus Dancy II January 18, 2015

Photos/Video: Dr. MLK Jr. Twenty-Fifth Annual Commemorative Banquet Messenger Pastor Rev. Andy Anderson Loris, SC "The Danger In Interpreting Dreams!"

I know the danger in interpreting dreams and I ain’t scared! This message was right on time for me because I can relate. What about you? Don’t lie because if I know you, I know if you are scared or not. Will you live dangerous?

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In this photo:
Edgecombe County Superintendent John Farrelly,
Rev. Andy Anderson, Mrs. Anderson, Jamilla Hawkins Extension
Agent Community Resource Development Edgecombe Cooperative
Extension Service, Linda Knight President E.E.O.


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In this photo: Rev. Andy Anderson Messenger


See related: Photos/Video: Community Worship Service Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin L. King Rev. Ricky L. Freeman Pastor Sunset Church of God Tarboro, NC

Barton hosting discussion on race, diversity – Wilson Times

Barton College will host an evening of discussion focused on race and diversity Monday, Jan. 26, at 6 p.m. in Hardy Alumni Hall.

The Barton College Minority Student Association, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Hackney Library have teamed up to host this campus and community panel discussion, “The Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement: A Series of Conversations on Moving Forward.”

Although there is no single objective, one of the goals of this public forum is to provide a welcoming and safe setting for guests to discuss the many social challenges we witness and experience as citizens of our local communities. Campus organizers hope to encourage constructive dialogue among a diverse audience that will promote compassion and trust, while dispelling stereotypes and suspicion.

Barton students have a major role in bringing this important event to the public. “I’m excited to see students engaged with the community concerning topics such as social justice, race, and diversity and how we can work more closely together to help bring about change for the better,” explained Cederick Parris, a junior middle school education major with a concentration in social studies and a member of the Minority Student Association. (Source: Read more)