Pancreatic Cancer did not take Congressman John Lewis home. Although pancreatic cancer is the deadliest of cancers, it could not take down an UNMOVABLE FORCE. John Lewis’ soul spoke to eternity and asked if he had done enough.
The answer was “COME HOME, Fly Away, you have done enough.”
Rev. Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian was called the greatest preacher that ever lived by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Vivian started making “good trouble” when he was a young man. He tirelessly worked with Jim Lawson to launch the sit in movement that spread to Galveston and Houston, Texas; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the entire South.
After the Civil War, there were 10,000 acts of mob violence against African Americans in the United States. Historian John Hope Franklin says there were 3,500 African Americans lynched between 1865 and 1910. In 1925, three Black men were murdered and lynched in Bryan, Texas within a two-month span.
Blood in the fields, outrage on the streets and tears at the mourning bench created a new generation of fighter-leaders that decided to launch an unrelenting attack on American hypocrisy.
Sammy Young Jr. was a member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He is remembered as the first college student to be murdered during the civil rights struggle in the 1960’s. He was murdered for drinking from a “white only” water fountain.
Ms. Viola Liuzzo, a 39-year-old white housewife and mother of five from Detroit, was moved to go to the deep South and helped organized the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge march, along with Lewis, Vivian and James Former.
Shortly thereafter, the Klu Klux Klan murdered her with impunity. Sammy and Viola did not crack 40 years old, but they lived consecrated lives that were built around quality of life and not longevity.
The beloved congressman did not prefer the honorifics, he said just call me John. As an elected official, he was subject to stand when you came in the room, knowing that he worked for the people.
Lewis was beaten and bloodied in Birmingham. Mobs with baseball bats, axe handle, and tire irons had the devil in their hearts and tried to kill him. Vivian faced down a fascist sheriff Bull Connor and his dogs, jails and cattle prods of white privilege.
All of us, Black and white, owe a huge debt to the fearless ones; Diane Nash, Fred Shuttlesworth, Ernest McMillan and the SNCC fighters who organized and fought at ground zero of racial oppression. Deloyd Parker and the SHAPE Center faithful have taken community youth on annual Civil Rights tours to ground zero for decades to study this history and give these icons their props while they lived.
John and CT realized that the struggle was not over. If I may, John Lewis wants all of us who are awfulizing and catastrophizing, bitching and moaning to know no matter what is going on in your life, there is someone in greater distress, somewhere in your town, somewhere in the world. John and CT lived the maxim that everyone of us can strengthen someone with a small act of charity.
John loved the Black Lives Matter movement and his heart danced when he saw young Americans fighting for racial justice on behalf of Big Floyd, Eric Garner and Breonna Taylor.
Did John really believe that the black and white ivory could play a melody of harmony for many races, cultures, classes and interest groups.? Well the reformed racist that had bloodied his head asked him for forgiveness decades after the beating. John practiced what he preached and fully accepted the apology.
Rest enough traveler, COME HOME, you have done your best….
October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com
As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.
Calling all teenage student-athletes! If you have dreams of playing college soccer and wish to represent an HBCU, the HBCU ID Camp is your golden opportunity. From 8 am to 5 pm on November 11-12, Houston Sports Park will transform into a hub for aspiring male and female soccer players. Coaches from HBCUs across the nation will be present to evaluate, scout, and offer valuable feedback. Moreover, they might even spot the next soccer prodigy to join their collegiate soccer programs. This camp is not just about honing your soccer skills but also a chance to connect with the HBCU soccer community. You’ll learn the ins and outs of what it takes to excel on the field and in the classroom, which is crucial for a college athlete. The HBCU ID Camp is an excellent platform to network with coaches, learn from experienced athletes, and take the first steps toward your college soccer journey. To secure your spot at this incredible event, don’t forget to register [here](insert registration link). Space is limited to 120 participants, so make sure to reserve your place before it’s too late. It’s time to turn your dreams of playing college soccer into a reality.