NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Four black leaders in Nacogdoches who are pastors and retired military say they’re concerned about their chapter of the 109-year-old NAACP.
“It’s not as active as we would like it to be,” shared Rev. Dan R. Brown, the newly elected chapter president.
So, they set a course. First, dispel the thought that the NAACP is only for African Americans.
"When, in reality, it's for everybody. We're here to help everybody," said Brown.
The men who are clergy, not attorneys, continue the time-consuming role of answering and fact checking racial complaints. They say, that can’t go away.
“We have people who are incarcerated that reach out to us,” said Brown.
A more proactive stance is what these men want for 2019. Next month’s Black White Banquet is designed to raise awareness and membership numbers.
Outreach to San Augustine and Shelby Counties is happening. In December they attended a marker dedication about public lynchings of blacks from 1877 to 1950. Members say it's history that needs to be told, particularly to young people.
Richard Lundie, 1st vice-president, said, “You look back in the 1950s, the average person that was protesting, they was 25 years old. Martin Luther King was about 25 years old when he started getting out there raising sand. So now, here we are, I’m in my 60s. Where are the young people?”
The Nacogdoches chapter seeks renewed interest for unity. It's a large order that four men can't accomplish alone.
Rev. Don Mills, the 2nd vice-president said, "The community and the churches know we have a network to pull together any indifferences or area of work to build a strong community and unite our forces. That we can make everything better in our community. It's more than just doing a sermon on Sunday.”
Banquet and membership information can be obtained by clicking here.
Celebrations honoring the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. start on Sunday, January 20, with an ecumenical service at 6:00 p.m. at the Iron Wheel Baptist Church, 820 First Street. For more information contact Pastor James Ervin at (936) 569-8358.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day events continue at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, January 21, with a prayer meeting in Sterne Park, 700 East Main Street. At 10:00 a.m. we will then march to the rally at the County Courthouse where community leaders will reflect on Dr. King’s legacy.
SFA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs has organized an MLK Day of Service to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King. This will take place on Monday, January 21. For more information contact, Veronica Beavers, the Director of Multicultural Affairs, at (936) 468-1073. Scheduled events include:
* Check- In & Registration: 8:30-9:00 a.m. (BPSC Movie Theater- 2nd floor of Student Center)
* Keynote Speaker: 9:00 a.m. (BPSC Movie Theater- 2nd floor of Student Center)
* Breakfast: 10:00 a.m. (Various locations- will be assigned at registration)
* Service: 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Various locations- will be assigned at registration)
* Celebration: 1:15- 3:00 p.m. - For the first time ever, the day will conclude with a celebration at Pecan Park with free food, t-shirts, music, and fellowship to celebrate MLK Jr. with your friends and the community.