by Brandon A. Perry (Editor’s Note: This is part one of a four-part series from the Indianapolis Recorder dealing with the abuse of power) INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—Like a late night storm, the controversy surrounding Bishop Eddie Long has shaken America’s faith community. LARGER THAN LIFE—Traffic moves down a street as a billboard showing Bishop Eddie Long is seen above in Atlanta. The billboard near an Atlanta highway reads, “Love Like Him, Live Like Him, Lead Like Him.” The motto refers to Jesus Christ, but the smiling face next to it is that of Bishop Eddie Long. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart) It has also awakened many observers to the issue of accountability, particularly in predominantly Black churches. “We can’t just blame individual pastors for their moral failure if we also aren’t willing to do our part as members and call them out on the carpet,” said Rufus Burrow, an African-American and a professor of theological and social ethics at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. “Frequently, in Black churches, we just don’t seem to have the heart or the will to do it. But we need to do it.”
Daily Archive: October 6, 2010
by Kelli Kennedy MIAMI (AP)—For the first time in more than a decade, the federal government is funding sex education programs that aren’t based solely on abstinence. But they’re not just about handing out condoms, either. TALKING TO STUDENTS—In this photo taken Sept. 10, sex education teacher Shayna Knowles, center, talks to students during class at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Lake Worth, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) Beginning this school year, a five-year, $375 million grant is being divided among 28 programs that have been proven to lower the pregnancy rate among participants, no matter their focus. Many programs distribute condoms, but about half also aim to boost teens’ academics, get them involved in extracurricular activities and even improve their parents’ job status.
Liberty Avenue came alive with the sights and sounds of the 23rd annual African American Heritage Day Parade held Oct. 2. The parade began at 11 a.m. at the Mellon Arena parking lot on Centre Avenue in the Hill District. The post-parade activities culminated at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture on Liberty Avenue. ONE OF MANY—The Perry High School Band was one of the many high school bands performing at the African American Heritage Day Parade. (Photo by Rossano P. Stewart) The spectacular grandstand event was hosted by Doris Carson Williams, president and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce and Rev. Dr. Loran E. Mann from Pentecostal Temple. Local community organizations, youth groups, marching bands and politicians made their way down the parade route waving to the hundreds of onlookers who lined the streets.
The issues were jobs, justice and education. The theme was unity. As Americans of different races, genders, age and religion took turns reciting parts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the theme of the “One Nation Working Together” rally in Washington, D.C. became clear. Americans would have to unite to overcome the country’s problems. ONE NATION—From left: Wealthy Blankeney, Gwendolyn West-Sutton and Charon Bonds from the Philadelphia SEIU and Philadelphia branch of the NAACP cheer on the speakers at the rally in Washington, D.C. (Photo by J.L. Martello). “Dr. King loved this nation. He saw that this great nation should not be allowed to perish. This rally here today is America’s wake up call,” said entertainer and activist Harry Belafonte, who marched with Dr. King. “We must awaken the apathetic Americans. Americans know that Dr. King’s dream is not dead.”
by Erin Perry Family and friends gathered on the 1000 block of South Avenue in Wilkinsburg, the scene of a homicide that took the life of 17-year-old Jason Paylor, a promising science student. Paylor was honored in a vigil that was meant to bring a solution to a community that has seen repeated tragedy and violence. THE FACE OF GRIEF—Jada Felder stands with the crowd of mourners at the vigil for Jason Paylor. (Photo by Erin Perry). “We must stop the wreaking of violence that is taking lives daily and must somehow regain sanity,” said Adrienne Young, founder of the Tree of Hope, a faith-based organization that provides support for families who experience a sudden and tragic loss of loved ones. She stood huddled beside Lisa White, the mother of slain youth, as she cried a mother’s grief for a lost son whose potential can only be imagined. “We hope that someone will speak out and provide information about who did this,” said Lateik Hughes, cousin of Paylor. “Why did he have to leave us like this.”
All along the path from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument, the stories were the same—parents out of work and children suffering from failing school systems. LOCAL ACTIVISTS—From left: Randall Taylor, Rick Adams and Sam Thompson Jr. on the steps in front of the Lincoln Memorial. (Photo by J.L. Martello). “I haven’t worked in three years. People are losing their homes. If we don’t push the government, nothing is going to happen,” said Charles Towns, 62, of Gaithersburg, Md. “Too many of our liberties have been taken away. Just look at the past and what has been done to us. We’re all fighting over a little bit of what’s left. My family is struggling like hell.”
Homebuyers workshop OCT. 9—NeighborWorks of Western Pennsylvania will host a First Time Homebuyers Workshop from 8:30 a.m-4:30 p.m. at the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, 113 N. Pacific Ave., Garfield. This is a presentation on the right steps toward homeownership. For more information, call 412-281-1100, ext. 121 or 129.
(NNPA/GIN)—All South Africans will enjoy national health insurance under a program scheduled to kick off in 2011 and be implemented during a period of 14 years. Details of the program were discussed recently at the mid-term conference of the African National Congress. Thousands are attending the week-long review of the party’s progress in the port city of Durban which featured health care high on the agenda.
Week of Oct. 8-14 October 8 1775—Slaves and free Blacks are officially barred by the Council of Officers from joining the Continental army to help fight for American independence from England. Nevertheless, a significant number of Blacks had already become involved in the fight and would distinguish themselves in battle. Additional Blacks were barred out of fear, especially in the South, that they would demand freedom for themselves if White America became free from Britain. JESSE JACKSON 1941—Jesse Jackson, National Black political leader and two-time candidate for president of the United States, was born on this day in Greenville, S.C. After the 1968 assassination of Civil Rights Movement icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jackson, who was one of his top aides, would become the nation’s most prominent and influential civil rights leader.
by Shannon Williams When someone is given a position of power or authority, it is his personal, professional and moral responsibility not to abuse that power. Sadly, however, abuse of power is something that often happens. The abuse transcends a particular demographic or profession and is all-inclusive.