I was there when Rep. Barbara Jordan made her speech before the House Judiciary Committee on the Impeachment of then President Richard Nixon on July 17, 1974. Her brilliantly presented defense of the Constitution from a woman,. the great-granddaughter of slaves, spoke elegantly about the dignity and validation of the Constitution preserving liberty for the people, even though when it was originally executed blacks were mentioned as three-fifths of a person and women not at all. Her presentation was a major document in the forthcoming impeachment of Richard Nixon which drove him from office before the act could become official. This legal scholar from Houston went on to address the Democratic National Convention in 1976.
The one thing I have learned about getting old, when you are in your prime, when you are doing well, make sure you mentor, guide and help those younger than you make it. Because when you are old, some of them will come around and listen to your stories, drive you in your new car and just remind you of all the good you’ve done.
The most simple explanation is that we have a hater-in-chief as your president. Hateful, derogatory language about black and brown people coupled with his inability to denounce the hateful alt-right violence in Charlottesville Va which extolled anti-Semitism has emboldened hate groups. America is reaping what is being sown from the top and we must do all we can to reach up while haters are trying to pull us down.
For Christmas two of my best friends and I took off to Florida for Christmas holiday to escape the below freezing temperatures of the East Coast. we came thinking we were just three wise women, with sense enough to de-stress. We came to do nothing, to be nothing, with no- To Do List. But we soon found not only did we have a Uber ministry but we encountered both blessings and the bizarre.
FINALLY white Evangelicals might be putting Christ over politics. I knew Rev. Billy Graham personally. He wrote a letter to Howard University to recommend their acceptance of me as a divinity student. I believe if he were alive he would stand up for those who the president is hurting, like those who are being removed from health care, those whose food stamps have been cut and the brown immigrant children who have been separated from their families in one of the greatest demonstrations of child abuse. I hope Pastor John Hagee, Huckabee and the other political Christians are paying attention.
There is a woman nearby that lives on a bench near a bus stop. What hurts is I do not know how to get her off the bench. And if she does not get off the bench, she could die. In fact, I do not know if she will be there when I drive by and check on her today. It was 30 degrees last night when I drove up to her and called the name she gave me. “Tabatha.”` At first she did not respond.
This documentary which Dr. Stephanie Myers and helped launch is now used nationwide to help youth understand the awful negatives of dropping out of school. The very talented Chaka Balamani was the producer, I was associate producer. Chaka is my great friend, Dr. Michelle Michele Balamani Silvera son. Stephanie Myers
WE can not just sit here and just watch the tide go by. We must respond politically, in the economic field and spiritually through our synagogues, mosques and churches. We must fight for fairness in hiring and promotions. We must challenge the cultural rot and all indignities affecting the lives of seniors.
I warned you that Kanye’s religious activities were linked to support of Trump. Kanye helped paved the way for Trump to host a group of blacks in Atlanta next week and is wooing blacks to Trump and appealing for them to vote for Trump. How shameful. Kanye and Kim lead a multi-millionaire life style that has nothing to with the rest of us and Trump knowing how serious many of us take religion is using Kanye to get young people to vote for him at the same time he is killing affirmative actions and packing the judiciary with racist judges. Shame on Kanye.