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From the Pastor and First Lady’s Heart
In most of America, August and September present a wonderful season of New Beginnings for students at every grade level, from pre-k through college. It is crucial that we, as African Americans, do not take lightly the privilege and opportunity afforded to us to get a good education.
“African Americans were often treated differently than whites in many parts of the country, especially in the South. In fact, many state legislatures enacted laws that led to the legally mandated segregation of the races. In other words, the laws of many states decreed that blacks and whites could not use the same public facilities, ride the same buses, attend the same schools, etc. These laws came to be known as Jim Crow laws.” United States Court Records 2014
Brown vs. Board of Education (1954, 1955) is a definite indicator and driver for us to continue our academic pursuits:
“Chief Justice Warren was able to do something that his predecessor had not—i.e. bring all of the Justices to agree to support a unanimous decision declaring segregation in public schools unconstitutional. On May 14, 1954, he delivered the opinion of the Court, stating that “We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal. . .
Expecting opposition to its ruling, especially in the southern states, the Supreme Court did not immediately try to give direction for the implementation of its ruling. Rather, it asked the attorney generals of all states with laws permitting segregation in their public schools to submit plans for how to proceed with desegregation. After still more hearings before the Court concerning the matter of desegregation, on May 31, 1955, the Justices handed down a plan for how it was to proceed; desegregation was to proceed with “all deliberate speed.” Although it would be many years before all segregated school systems were to be desegregated, Brown and Brown II (as the Courts plan for how to desegregate schools came to be called) were responsible for getting the process underway.” United States Court Records 2014
With the help of our Lord Jesus Christ, the future success of our families, communities, productive citizenship and giving back to our ethnic group hinges greatly upon our academic pursuits and achievements. Even though education does not guarantee these things, it increases and enhances the likelihood of our capabilities to achieve them.
“Get Wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of her mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve you; love her, and she shall keep you. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom; and with all your getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote you: she shall bring you to honor when you embrace her. She shall give to your head an ornament of grace; and a crown of glory shall she deliver to you.” Proverbs 4:5-9 KJV
Pastor Rickey and First Lady Christine Jones, Sr.
August and September 2014