To my darling niece, Ximena: I do not know the day you were born, yet you are here. You chose to come a few months early for a time such as this-the last days-the end of an empire. Because you are Black, this can be a mean world, but you are loved so the gates of hell shall not prevail against you.
"The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict." - Martin Luther King My Dear Fellow Clergy: It been brought to my attention that some of you are questioning the intentions of the protest movement in Ferguson, Missouri, and of the clergy supporting it.
Martin Luther King Jr. is ubiquitous. A federal holiday, a monument and a plethora of schools and streets bearing his name have cemented his presence on the cultural landscape of the United States. Liberals and conservatives alike appropriate King's language to adorn their political wardrobes and buttress their ideological constructions.
Civil rights activist and EBONY Power 100 honoree pens a moving letter to a beautiful Black boy denied justice [OPINION] by Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, December 29, 2015 Comments Tamir Rice family photo America has failed you, yet again. This nation gorges on our flesh, and yet it is never satiated.
By Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou After the re-election of George W. Bush, I was done with America. Less than a year into Bush's second term, I left the United Statesfor the first time. At the tender age of 34, I moved to Paris to be like James Baldwin.
Jesus was a nigger. To be a nigger, now and then, is to contend with arbitrary violence, legislative repression, and ontological uncertainty. Every moment of one’s life is policed and every action questioned. Where and how a nigger lives is subjugated to interrogation. Jesus, like all niggers, is empirically unjustifiable yet existentially irrefutable.
Rev. Osegyefo Sekou (center) leading demonstrators in freedom hymns in Ferguson, Missouri tekeiller/Twitter The blood of Michael Brown has seeded the soil of a great American revolution -sprouting yearlings of new black leadership onto the political and public landscape.
By Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou A few years ago, I interviewed to serve as the Senior Minister of a church in the Bronx. I was excited about serving as a pastor in the poorest congressional district in the country, plus the "Boogie Down" is the birth place of Hip Hop.
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We come to know monsters early in our lives. Our childhoods are filled with scary things that “go bump” in the night. A ferocious fire-breathing creature with bulging eyes, fangs, and foaming at the mouth stands over us. We pull the covers over our head; pray and pretend that the monster is just a figment of our imagination.
I have not written you in some time. I have been busy cleaning up your shit down here. I believe the last time I wrote you it was from New Orleans. Now, I write from a little further south-Haiti.
Those who declare "Gay is the New Black" have outraged intellectuals, religious leaders, and politicians inside the black community. They have outraged, for instance, Rev.
Martin Luther King's Radical Legacy, From the Poor People's Campaign to Black Lives Matter | Dissent Magazine
Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou ▪ January 15, 2017 "The only thing I ask is that they not take the freeways. Dr. King would never take a freeway." So said Kasim Reed, the liberal African American mayor of Atlanta, in response to Black Lives Matter protests in King's birth city last summer.