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Throughout the diabolical devastation of slavery to the turbulent tragedies and injustices endured during the Jim Crow era and the Civil Rights Movement, many southern evangelical preachers were on the wrong side of the issues. In 1845, during a gathering of White Southern Baptist ministers in Augusta, Ga., there was a rippling internal controversy over whether slave owners could be missionaries in foreign countries while owning slaves. Thus on the heels of being sharply divided over the issue of slavery, the Southern Baptist Convention was formed, breaking away from the American Baptist Home Mission Society. As this southern contingency of evangelical preachers said no to giving up their slaves, they also said no to the human rights of African Americans. It was the beginning of a long pattern of lining up on the wrong side of the issues when it came to standing up for liberty and justice for all. Revisiting this bleak chapter of American history is critical to understanding the religious right in 2012. To understand the history of the southern evangelical movement and its evolution, it is helpful to understand how modern day southern evangelicals have developed an alliance with a right-wing agenda that continues to, with vigor, divide, devastate and destroy human and civil rights. Let us fast forward to North Carolinians’ recently held voting for the state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriages and civil unions. It is no coincidence that staunch white southern evangelicals, the National Organization for Marriage (who designed a secret strategic plan in 2010 to drive a wedge between gays and Blacks), and the right wing of the Republican Party, have aligned themselves for political gain on this issue though they want you to believe it is purely a theological stance consistent with Biblical beliefs. The goal is to weaken and fragment the AfricanAmerican voting block for President Obama in November while courting much needed Hispanic voters for southern

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evangelical support for Republican nominee Mitt Romney. To put this in context, ask yourself: What side of civil rights did the southern evangelical preacher or right wing political base stand when it came to issues such as equal protection under the law, desegregation, women’s rights and voting rights? What side did the Reverend Billy and Franklin Grahams of the worlds stand during the civil rights movement? For generations, politics and religion have made for strange bedfellows, all the more reason for Black people in particular to not be used as a political tool in the vote for a ban on gay marriage in North Carolina or get caught up in the middle of an age-old divisive tactic and strategies aimed at promoting a right-wing, money- and power-driven agenda and, more aggressively, the conspiracy against the re-election of President Obama. While I personally do not perform same-sex marriages because of my Baptist faith tradition, I will not be guilty of being intolerant. I was supportive of the president before his decision to support same-sex marriage and I am still supportive of him. President Obama gave his personal reasons for adopting his position and made it very clear that those who for religious reasons did not agree with him, he still had respect for their faith traditions. The Bible says in the words of Jesus, “We must be wise as serpents and humble as doves.” Therefore, African Americans should still support this president because our main goal is to make sure that he is re-elected. Let’s look at how people on the other side behave. The Rev. Robert Jef-fress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, said during the Republican primary that Mormonism is a “cult” and that Romney is not a Christian. However, Jeffress has since come out boldly endorsing Romney for president. Here’s a minister that in one instance can withhold support from a candidate because of his religious convictions yet closes rank behind that same man after he was selected to oppose America’s first Black president.

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(left) Former NAACP president, B.J. Williams, was recently elected to the Garland City Council. Ricky McNeal (r) will take over the organization as its new president. FILE PHOTO/GJN DIANE XAVIER

Ricky McNeal, formerly 1st Vice President of the Garland NAACP will take over the organization as its new president. Former president, B.J. Williams, was recently elected to the Garland City Council District 4 seat. McNeal said he is honored to follow in the footsteps of Williams. “We have an extremely diverse group of individuals comprised of people with executive leadership qualities such as young ladies, young men along with seasoned ladies and gentleman with years of experience and involvement not only

in the workforce, educational system but also community,” McNeal said. “I feel extremely honored to take on this role and to help make the city of Garland and its surrounding communities become the best they can be.” Ricky currently serves as the Garland NAACP’s Political Action Chair. Ricky also is responsible for ad sales for the organization’s annual Freedom Fund Banquet. In addition to those duties Ricky is active in the Garland Area Brotherhood and serves as program chair. He is also deputy registrar of voters for Dallas County, and is a member of the PTA at

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Lister Elementary. “My goals as the new President of the Garland NAACP include continuing to build the legacy that B.J. Williams left behind and following up with the strong leadership qualities he possessed,” he said. “I hope to fulfill the vision of the organization and to further work with other community groups and build coalition by addressing the needs of the concerns of the community and have a positive impact as well.” McNeal said he realizes there is still much work to be done to help today’s generation progress. “America is still growing as a community and there

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is still growing resistance giving opportunities and access to services to people of all ethnicities. There are some sentiments that believe opportunities are held for the sacred few and we must continue to dispel that view,” McNeal said. McNeal said he hopes organizations such as the Garland NAACP opens the door for people to seek a better life through the resources it provides. He said that in order to take advantage of life’s opportunities, one must not sit back and watch but get involved. “My message to the youth today is to look Continued Page 10

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(Psalm 85:6) Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? When to expect a revival? When there is a lack of brotherly love and Christian confidence among believers, then a revival is needed. Expect a revival when there are dissensions, jealousies, and evil rumors among believers. Revival is needed when there is a worldly spirit in the church. When the church finds its members falling into gross and scandalous sins, then it is time to wake up and cry to God for a revival. If a minister finds he or she has lost, in any degree, the confidence of his people, he or she should work for a revival, knowing it is the only means of regaining the church confidence. “O Lord, revive Your Work” (Hab.3:2) Preparing the Heart for Revival.Break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, till he comes and rains righteousness on you (Hosea 10:12). If you want to break up the fallow ground of your heart, you must begin by looking at yourself and examine your heart. Things we sometimes neglect when we don’t examine our heart. Ingratitude, ungrateful, lack of love for God, neglecting our bible reading, neglect our prayer life, poor spiritual attitude, meaning the way we perform our spiritual duties with a lack of feeling or faith. Lack of love for soul winning of our fellowmen, Lack of concern for unbelievers, sin of hypocrisy, neglect family and private duties, active sin choices, envy, a critical spirit, slander, lying, pride, worldlymindedness, lack of seriousness , cheating, hypocrisy, bad temper, hinder others from being useful and robbing God. Be the master of your appetite not the slave. (Eph 4:22) That ye put off concern the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts (Galatians 3:27). For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Lay aside all dependence on yourself in every respect in which you want Christ. Without revival, there usually will not even be as many people converted as die in a year. Without a revival, sinners will grow harder and harder despite preaching. We do not begin the relationship of branch to the Vine without our own activity, nor do we abide in Christ without a constant cleaving to Him by faith. Of necessity, the will must always be alive. We will cleave to Christ or to something else. (John 15:1-8) Christ is the true vine, and we are the branches. Christ is the only means of Revival. Christ is also the keeper of the soul.


After opposing proposed anti-marriage equality laws on a number of occasions in various states, the NAACP National Board upped the ante last month by passing a resolution in support of marriage equality. The announcement fell on the heels of President Obama recently coming out in favor of gay marriage. “I’ve been going through an evolution on this issue. I’ve always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally,” the President told ABC news. “At a certain point I’ve just concluded that, for me per-

Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors.

sonally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get

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any person in this great country,” said Brock. “That is our legacy. For over 103 years we have stood against such laws, and while the nature of the struggle may change, our bedrock commitment to equality of all people under the law never will.” “Marriage equality for the NAACP goes at least as far back as the Supreme Court case of Loving v. Virginia in 1967,” said Brock. “In the year before she died, Mildred Loving, who successfully sued to end legally sanctioned marriage inequality based on race, wrote a powerful piece Continued Page 7



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FAMILY THANKS COMMUNITY Seventy-six year old Nancy Harris, a recent victim who was set on fire while being robbed, died last week in Parkland Hospital where she had remained in critical condition since last Sunday. The man arrested and charged with the robbery, Matthew Johnson, is currently in the Dallas County Jail and charged with Criminal Attempt Capital Murder. His bond is currently set at $1,000,000. Garland detectives will be working with the Dallas District Attorney’s office in pursuing a charge of Capital Murder in the case. Her family released the following statement after her death: The Harris family

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Nancy Harris, a recent victim who was set on fire while being robbed, died last week.

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Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP said, “We make this statement today because it is the legacy and responsibility of the NAACP to speak up on the civil rights issues of our times. From Page 4

which ended - and I quote: ‘I am proud that Richard’s and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness, and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That’s what Loving, and loving, are all about.’ Critics say gay marriage is broadly-opposed in the African American

community. “The NAACP has abandoned its historic responsibility to speak for and safeguard the civil rights movement,” said Rev. William Owens, Founder and President of Memphis based Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP). Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP said, “We make this statement today because it is the legacy and responsibility of the NAACP to speak up on the civil rights issues of our times. We are both proud of our history and challenged by it -- Challenged to never allow threats to equality for all people under the law to go uncontested. “As marriage equality has expanded to an ever increasing number of states, other states have taken to once again enshrining discrimination in their Constitutions. At the same time, Members of Congress have taken again to using budget votes and other tricks to restrict marriage equality. We want to be on record that the NAACP now firmly opposes all efforts to restrict marriage equality. We will oppose threats to the Fourteenth Amendment guarantee of equal rights

under the law in any state where this issue is raised. And we will follow our historic mission to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of all persons. This means that we will oppose all efforts by members of Congress or any Administration to enshrine discrimination in the laws of our great country.” Jealous went on to say, “Finally, let me say that this is one of the key civil rights struggles of our time. We at the NAACP understand that with all such struggles, there are conversations that happen at dinner tables, among families, and across our communities. These conversations are between good people who are looking to their own hearts to figure out what to believe and how to act. We respect that this is how change is ultimately made. Indeed it is the context in which the NAACP has fought for civil rights throughout our history. Civil marriage, like all civil rights provided by the government, must be provided equally to all Americans. The NAACP has been making the case for equality for 103 years, and we will continue to do so throughout our Association’s second century.”

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Wrong Side Of History – Again From Page 2

In 1960, some Blacks, including preachers, did not support John F. Kennedy for president because he was Catholic. But Kennedy was elected and the nation did not collapse. We must go beyond our faith traditions and support President Obama so that our economy will be improved, quality brought to our schools, safety brought to our communities and we all experience peace in the world. America is a democracy and not a theocracy. And in our democracy, all law abiding citizens are entitled to equal protection under the law. We must recognize

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the hypocrisy of denying the rights of the LGBT community as a political strategy in hopes of regaining the White House. To southern evangelical preachers in particular, from the half-hearted apologies for slavery to the countless insults a hurled at President Obama, your attempts to divide and conquer the Black and the gay communities for political posturing and positioning will not go unchecked. This article was originally published in the May 28, 2012 print edition of The Louisiana Weekly newspaper


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DCCCD NAMES NEW RICHLAND COLLEGE PRESIDENT DALLAS - During its regular monthly meeting, the Dallas County Community College District’s board of trustees approved the appointment of Dr. Kathryn Eggleston as the new president of Richland College. Eggleston has served as Richland’s interim president since January 2010, following the retirement of Dr. Stephen Mittelstet. “When we began this national search process many months ago, I shared with the search committee that the next president of Richland College should have a proven track record in academic leadership, management of a successful and complex institution,

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be - to learn, teach and build sustainable local and world community.” She added, “Community colleges are central to the success of our communities and to our nation’s future. Richland College will remain dedicated to transforming lives, one at a time, more than 20,000 strong.” The search process began in March 2011 - the first search for a new president at Richland College in more than 30 years. DCCCD received a total of 35 applications; 12 were selected for first-round interviews, and two members of that group later withdrew. The search committee presented a list of four finalists

to the chancellor; one withdrew, and the other candidates then were interviewed by Lassiter and senior district staff members. The chancellor then took his recommendation to the DCCCD board of trustees for its approval. During her tenure as interim president at Richland, Eggleston reorganized college operations and reduced the college’s operating budget of $55 million by $4.3 million. The college launched a second collegiate charter high school curriculum; restructured its governance; and secured approval from the Texas Education Agency for several amendments to the high school’s charter.

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A WORD ON HOW TO SUCCEED IN LIFE Ask any young person what he or she desires in life and the typical response is “to be successful”. Success in life is desirable and commendable for everyone. It is what every parent desires for their children. In fact, it should be everyone’s goal. Success has been defined as having favorable results, good fortune or prosperity. But success is a relative word, meaning different things to different individuals. Much has been written about “How to Succeed in Life”. There have been numerous books, seminars, CD’s and prosperity gurus advising us on success. So, why add in my two cents on the topic? With so many young people graduating from high school and college and entering a new phase of life, I felt that a Christian’s perspective on the topic was appropriate. Let me begin by saying that I am no expert on any topic, especially those concerning matters of life. But, scripture says if any man lacks wisdom let him ask God and He will gladly give it (James 1:5). As Christians our methods and views on how to succeed in life should be different from those of the world. We are to consult God’s word for guidance in every area of our lives. Since God’s word is truth and truth is light, the bible is our best source. So, it makes good sense to consult his word on “How to Succeed in Life”. Since the book of Proverbs provides for the application of divine wisdom and moral instruction for daily living, it is the perfect place to start. The following verses give insight on how God views success. First of all, begin with godliness or righteousness, “The Lord approves of those who are good, but he condemns those who plan wickedness” (Prov. 12:2). Next, hate what is false, “Those who are godly hate lies, the wicked come to shame and disgrace”. “Godliness helps people all through life, while the evil are destroyed by their wickedness” (Prov.13:5-6). Proverbs 16:3 says “Commit your work to the Lord, and then your plans will succeed”. In addition, use your words with restraint (listen and learn). Be even tempered, think before you speak (Prov. 17:27-28). Love wisdom and understanding, “To acquire wisdom is to love oneself; people who cherish understanding will prosper” (Prov. 19:8). Be humble and fear the Lord, “True humility and fear of the Lord leads to riches, honor and long life” (Prov. 22:4). Be willing to confess and forsake sin, “People who cover over their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and forsake them, they will receive mercy” (Prov. 28:13). Finally, those who put their trust in the Lord will not only succeed in this life but also in the life to come!

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at the opportunities before them and to use all available resources and pursue those,” he said. “You must get involved in your local schools, community, and church’s to make a difference. Complacency is the enemy of progress and we cannot afford to sit down and be complacent and fail to get involved. You have to get involved.” Ricky is a graduate of Jonesboro Hodge High School and Louisiana Tech University. He is married and has three girls. McNeal is also a member of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church in Garland. “I hope to continue to broaden our base,” he said. We need a greater voice than my own that is tried and true because of our reputation, which is known as the forefront for the civil rights issue and cause,” McNeal said. “The Garland NAACP has a solid track record of getting things done and engaging themselves in the community.” McNeal said another way people can help move their community forward is to participate in this year’s

elections. “People need to familiar themselves with the issues and candidates of this year’s general elections along with the runoff elections in the Texas Primary and Garland City District 2 run-off elections. “Voting is important because by getting involved and studying today’s issues, we all can take America to the next level.”

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Garland Journal News June 1-15, 2012

The Atrium At The Granville Arts Center

300 N. Fifth Street, Garland Rental 972-205-2780 Box Office 972-205-2790

June 30 “Beulah’s Baby” by Tyler Productions 2 pm & 6:30 pm Plaza Theatre On June 30, 2012 Tyler and cast invite you to take a journey into the life of Beulah Mae Kitchen as she shares her story with Journalist Bobbie Jean Hackleberry on why she sits on death row. The powerful and profound cast is ready to unfold an unforgettable, compelling drama like you have never experienced before. You be the judge on whether the punishment fits the crime. There are surprise twists, touching scenes, and a big story to be told. This production will leave you speechless and sitting on the edge of your seat. You don’t want to miss this one. Come watch what happens in “Beulah’s Baby: The Untold Story” written by Gwendolyn Tyler and directed by Tracy Moffett. Show times are 2 pm and 6:30 pm, Sunday June 30. For the matinee performance tickets are $20 presale and $22 at the door. For the evening performance tickets are $22 presale and $25 at the door. Doors open 30 minutes before show time. Visit or call 214-722-7566 for more information.

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