We WIN As A People
“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
In our current racial, social, and political climate it would be easy to degenerate into a mindset of fear, anger, and extremism. When we are constantly bombarded with information from the media that suggests that social justice and equality aren’t attainable for all it becomes easy to adopt a dismal outlook on our present circumstances. To adopt a mentality of such a limited and self-defeating scope, however, would be to reject the resilient and indomitable legacy we possess as a people. A mindset of the aforementioned vantage point obscures from our view the unfailing hope that we have as a people who overcame seemingly insurmountable odds.
We stand on the shoulders of men and women who overcame adversity despite some of the most extreme contradictory contexts imaginable. At a time when many in society were resisting the desegregation of schools, brave teenagers, like the Clinton 12 of Clinton, Tennessee, rose to the occasion in 1956 to be the faces of the first public high school integration in the South. These young teenagers experienced threats of violence, demonstrations of protest to their presence, and strategic opposition almost daily yet they remained resolute in their purpose. Their unbreakable spirits and ability to remain focused and optimistic despite their circumstances represent the legacy of perseverance and generativity passed down to us that inspire us to WIN even in hostile settings!
Throughout history African Americans have demonstrated a perseverance that has outlasted the most formidable opponents to justice and equality. In a time when black men and women were thought to be substandard to their white counterparts, Thurgood Marshall became the first African American Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court becoming an antithetical expression of perceived inferiority. He persevered through overt and subvert attempts at impeding his legal career in a gracefully measured manner that was the embodiment of a WINNER!
We possess that same WINNING perseverance today! There are some challenges ahead for us socially and politically to be sure, but we are cut from the cloth of a people who engaged a healthy endurance that could not be overwhelmed. No matter the context of opposition, allow those who have gone before us to inspire us to the greatness of character that they demonstrated when confronted with adversity. We were built to last! We were built to overcome! We were built to WIN!
We must also allow the intentional generative nature of those who have gone before us to inspire us to WIN not only for our generation but particularly for those generations who are coming after us. Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress and the first black woman to run for President of the United States of America, recognized that her campaign for President in 1972 would have a lasting impact beyond her immediate generation. She is noted for saying “I am not the candidate of black America, although I am black and proud. I am not the candidate of the women’s movement of this country, although I am a woman and I am equally proud of that. I am the candidate of the people, and my presence before you now symbolizes a new era in American political history.” She was well aware that the trail she was blazing would have an impact that would outlast her lifetime and would speak into generations long after her demise.
In the same manner it is imperative that we rise to the occasion by engaging society in a manner that is a WIN not only for our generation but for those that are coming behind us! Let the knowledge that our sons and daughters are counting on us to WIN serve as a catalyst to push us to higher levels of activism in government and policies, responsibility in our communities, and spiritual collaboration and intercession within our churches. Although it may seem that the current agenda is aimed at rolling back the hands of time on progress that we have made as a people, we must dogmatically dig our heels in and declare #WeWin! We have a proven track record as a people that says we flourish even in the most adversarial of contexts and this time shall be no different! The indomitable spirit of WINNING is imprinted upon our DNA!
“Facing the rising sun, of our new day begun, let us march on till victory is won!” #WeWin!
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posted by Ms. Janice C Graham
Thursday, 02 March 2017 07:43
Amen! Thank you for your words of wisdom.Report Comment Link
posted by Mark Linton
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 06:50
Amen. We are Amazing! Each one reach one and teach one. Thank you Pastor for the words of wisdom. PLEASE instill the Quest for Authentic Manhood as a core class for all new male members of EBC and encourage existing members to take it. It'll serve as a catalyst to help our communities WIN!Report Comment Link
posted by Gail Jackson
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 20:58
The word is Always encouraging.Report Comment Link
posted by Dianne Seidu
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 14:55
I enjoy your blogs. I hope you reach as many of our youth as you possibly can.Report Comment Link
posted by C.J. Stewart
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 13:26
This is what I needed today. We need you now more than ever Pastor.Report Comment Link
posted by Wanda Benjamin
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 11:38
Timely and well said. Thank you for the words of encouragement.Report Comment Link
posted by Alonzo
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 11:07
Amen. We will still overcome as winners.Report Comment Link