A good example of this is how African American leaders have chosen to portray the 1965, Nonviolent Right To Vote Movement in Alabama. From the movie Selma, to the celebration where President Barack Obama, refused to mention the man most responsible for him being in office, to various celebration’s like SCLC’s end of the march from Selma to Montgomery re-enactment. None of these celebrations took the time to honor the dynamic duo of Diane Nash and Reverend James L. Bevel, who were honored by SCLC, under the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Dr. Ralph David Abernathy, for authoring, organizing, executing and successfully achieving Voting Rights, by presenting them with SCLC’s highest award, The Rosa Parks Award.
African American people can never receive justice until they get in order. Order causes one to acknowledge how God used people to achieve Godly ends. By denying the good works of people we in kind deny the power and majesty of God.
Scripture teaches us to “Let our light so shine that men may see our good works and in doing that God is Glorified.” To God be the glory for lifting up sinful, disobedient, hard-hearted, poor and simple people to create a movement that brought liberation to the masses.
The lost of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act can be attributed to those leaders and people who abandoned nonviolence, the tool of Yeshua (Jesus) as taught in the Sermon on the Mount. It stands to reason that if nonviolence opened the door’s to liberation, then nonviolence must be used to keep the door open.
Descendants of enslaved Africans have been conditioned to be liars, out of order, criminals and every wretched thing. Thank God that we survived our ordeal for there are those races, nations of people, plants, animals and rain forests that are extinct as a result of their coming into contact with the out of harmony, abominable, wicked and diabolical system of Caucasians. Our condition may be less than honorable, but we have an opportunity to make what is wrong right when we take serious nonviolence. In nonviolence there are only two enemies, ignorance and the illness it creates. If there is ignorance you apply education. If there is illness, you apply healing. We have yet to apply healing to our wounds and so we could only hobble into the new opportunities. Nonviolence does not punish, ostracize, condem, judge but instead seeks to heal and restore fallen humanity.
It is time to run to God and ask forgiveness, for all have sinned and fallen short of God’s Glory. It’s time to tell the truth about our most recent history that we are celebrating this year. This will put us in good standing with our Creator and only goodness and mercy can follow therefrom. In this way every child, and descendant of those who gave their lives to God’s Liberation Movement will be able to say, “that’s my mother, grandmother, father, grandfather, gain a sense of esteem, receive their legacy and carry on the movement.
Let us resolve to honor those who deserve highest honor during this celebratory year, Diane Nash (the living architect) and her then husband Reverend James L. Bevel of the Alabama Project.
Let’s get in order this year and give honor where honor is due.