Deeds, Not Words, Truly Honor Our Heroes
By Rev. Dr. Clyde Anderson
We honor Frederick Douglass, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rev. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Malcolm X, Sitting Bull, Fannie Lou Hammer, and other leaders during their birthdays, holidays and on other special occasions.
We do so by having grand and lofty church services, rallies and parades for these leaders who are in part responsible for the attainment of our civil rights.
We wear our Sunday finest. Our hats look as if they have been created by the best French designers. Truly, we are splendidly attired.
We moan and we groan when we think about our fallen heroes and she-roes. In some respects, our tributes seem more like wakes or funeral services.
At home, we are glued to our television sets or radios, listening intently to the different speakers who heap praise on top of praise on our leaders.
Yet, two questions arise: Do these memorial services actually help to carry on the dreams of these men and women or are they a waste of time?
The leaders literally suffered and died for us so that we can prosper. But are we truly prospering? A few of us are.
Some of these leaders may be turning over in their graves because we are not living up to their expectations. Social protest is no longer part of our lives.
Ask yourself: when did you stage a protest about budget cuts, about the government cleaning your dirty streets, about job discrimination and police brutality?
These are real issues. African-Ameri...Read More
Rev. James LaMar, D Min.
WESTBURY, NY-A Tuskegee Airman, a newspaper publisher and a New York Nassau County representative were among thirteen persons honored in October for their contributions to both law enforcement and community services.
The awards were given as part of the 12th Annual Community and Law Enforcement Recognition Day sponsored by the Bethany Seventh-day Adventist Church in Westbury, NY.
Beryl Williams, communications director for Bethany, moderated the event, along with Rev. James LaMar, D. Min, pastor of the church.
He welcomed an estimated 200 attendees to the event, wh...Read More
St. Patrick's Catholic Church in New York, a great historic structure, has long been targeted by terrorists, and is on their list of places to be bombed, according to law enforcement sources.
WASHINGTON--Acts of terrorism against the United States may not only cost precious human lives, but also destroy countless churches, synagogues, temples and other historic institutions, as well as the sacred artifacts housed within them.
According to historians and law enforcement officials, plans are underway by terrorists to target specific historic and important houses of worship, which are known to possess vital, important relics.
The possible loss of religious items was highlighted recently by new concerns that terrorists and other fanatics are stepping up their camp...Read More