Former President Ronald Reagan once alluded to a very true thought when he stated that, “You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man’s age-old dream — the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order –or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. Regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would sacrifice freedom for security have embarked on this downward path.”
I agree wholeheartedly with the former president which is why I felt compelled in this edition of African-American News&Issues, to offer a simple ‘thank you’ to those individuals who have been instrumental in the fight for equality and justice within the Black community.
So many times people complain about the elements and conditions that they have been subjected to, but never do anything about them. Yet, there have been and remain those among us that have dedicated their lives to serving the greater good of African-American communities.
We MUST Understand that, African-Americans have maintained a long history of activism in America. Efforts of fighting for the right to vote, to pushing for integrated public spaces, securing benefits and services within neighborhoods and communities that other races have were privileged to have amidst a large array of other struggles that we have had to overcome.
For it was through the works of activists, like Stokely Carmichael, who organized freedom rides, James Meredith who fought to integrate Blacks and Whites at the University of Mississippi and Rosa Parks who instigated the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The protests that these individuals implemented were often legal and nonviolent, and made a powerful impact on civil rights in the United States which has changed African-American culture.
However, African-American News & Issues, is adamant about highlighting the success of relentless efforts of individuals in the Houston and surrounding areas that have exemplified and displayed in the civil rights fight for freedom and equality within our region of the nation.
Prominent leaders and community activist such as local living heroines: Mrs. Jewell Simpson Houston, Mrs. Ruby Mosley, Judge Zinetta A. Burney, Algenita Scott-Davis, Tammie Lang Campbell inclusive with men who have further aided in the struggle: Pastor F.N. Williams, Sr., Pastor Bill Lawson, Mr. Ovide Duncantell and so many others we say, “Thanks”!
These individuals saw a need in their communities and decided against sitting and doing nothing about the many issues that had plagued and stagnated the Black community.
I acknowledge a few of these individuals because they have given so much of themselves and not much has been given to them. I believe that we should honor and thank those who sacrifice at an attempt to create a sense of advancement within the Black community.
We MUST Understand, that leaders like these assume a position to ensure that their territories are equalized on the scale of justice, even when that feat has constituted odds that were totally stacked up against them.
Concluding, I would just like to state that although these leaders and activists sacrifice so much and receive no real monetary contributions for their efforts that African-American News & Issues acknowledges the services that they have rendered to the Black community and future of it.
A simple thank you is what we can give, and even then it is only peanuts to the type of reward and acknowledgment that they really deserve.