Saturday, March 24, 2007 (Part B)
What is happening in Sudan is a classic example. An Arab
minority, “a ruling elite” captured power when
independence came to the country. Since that time, there
has never been an African president. Yet African people
make up the majority. Moreover, this Arab minority has been
accused of genocide against the African population.
More recently in Darfur, there maybe a debate on genocide,
but there is consensus that something awful was done and
is being done to the Darfurian people, who are indigenous
Africans, by the Arabs. And, there is compelling evidence
that the government is supporting the atrocities. Yet, there
is little support from the African people, but plenty of
support for the Arab minority government. And what about
Muslims, especially Africans in the Diaspora, what is there
response? Silence, neutrality or open support for the Arabs?
Black Muslims are confronted with almost the same challenge
black Christians had. Black Christians had to denounce,
condemn and struggle against white Christians who were using
religion to support their economic and political interest.
The challenge for black Muslims is probably greater. Black
Christians had a distant, except for colonization, from
the Euro American whiteness and cruelties of history to
constantly remind them that they were different. But black
Muslims, however, are confronted with blackness. After all
some Arabs are blacker than some Africans. In addition,
Arabs always argued that not only were they black, they
were Muslims. And they argued that Islam was indigenous
At the Jah Festival in South Africa, February 15-25, 2007,
in one of the workshops, a learned professor said the option
for Africans as related to Christianity was Africanization
of Christianity or rejection of said religion. “You
can’t be African and Christian,” he said. But
the same options were not posed for Islam, why? Because
Islam is seen as a part of Africa, not an imported product
used by outsiders to exploit, control and enslave Africans,
just as Christians had done.
Finally, the doors of the airline office opened. Swiftly
we moved inside. “Why have you opened so late?”
asked Yahya. “We didn’t know what the people
would do,” answered an attractive black woman. And,
an old worker sitting by the door, must have overheard our
conversation, he came over and said, “Whites mess
up everything. We are blamed. We have to face the anger
of our people. They make us look bad.” “Yes,
they are good at that,” I wanted to say. But the old
man was on his way back to his post.
After an hour and a half, we emerged with confirmed airline
tickets. But, it would be Friday before we could leave.
I took a deep breath, whispered, “Thank God. In this
God is working out a plan that will redound to great benefits
to the people.” But I still wanted to be at our church’s
Memorial Service in Georgia.
We returned to the hotel. We sat by the pool and calculated
by car it would cost $300, about $100 less than the plane.
We decided we needed to move immediately. While I made a
call home, Yahya went to get the car. I made the call to
my daughter, Leah, with the dramatic turn of events. I came
up with an idea to use the occasion to further promote our
cause. I would write a press statement raising the question
why I was detained, highlighting what I had done and ask
for a support rally at the airport followed by a reception
at the church.
While on the phone, Leah put me on the loudspeaker system.
They we were in the Board of Elders’, the highest
official body in our church, meeting. I explained what had
happen and how we could use the experience. They wanted
to know if we had notified the US Consulate. I replied in
the affirmative. They urged me to be careful and they would
continue praying for me.
After I had written the statement, I went to lunch. It was
the most I had eaten since my trip – fruit, salad,
soup and cooked veggies. I returned to my room, took a nap
and Yahya called me at 6pm. He had secured the car and driver.
And, he had purchased bathing suits. I decided, I might
as well relax and do some swimming, if for no other reasons,
than to have a black body amidst all the whiteness. Africans
needed to see their African brother enjoying himself or
at least doing those things that they were told they should
strive for. Yahya told me they were going to wash the car
and get some gas. I wasn’t happy to hear that the
car needed washing.
It was now 6:30pm; I had been in my room since 1:30pm. Leaving
the room, I met Yahya. The car and driver were outside.
After inspecting the car and doing a test drive, the vehicle
failed the test. When cut off, it wouldn’t start.
Another car was brought for inspection. It was much better.
But the price was $75 a day, $25 more than the other car.
We rejected it.
There was a huge party at the hotel, sponsored by the Rotary
Club International and funded by Certel, the Nigerian Gas
Corporation. The gathering was a fascinating mixture of
Africans and European personalities and apparels.
The party was on the yard around the pool. Red-dressed young
women acted as receptionist, proudly giving directions.
At the entrance to the party were two tables around which
set young African women in African attire. An efficacious
young man dressed in a western style suite, intoxicated
with his own importance, greeted us and politely but firmly
told us, he would have given us complimentary tickets, but
there were no seats. Since we were snubbed and could not
get to eat with these elites, we went to the restaurant.
We returned to our rooms, uncertain about tomorrow. It had
been like this since day one. But so far, things had gone
exceptionally well. There is an excitement in uncertainties.
Also, it is the opportunity to bring our faith into play.
Everything was in God’s hand and everything was going
to work for the good. With that thought, I retired for the
Attend the Timbuktu Learning Center’s weekly Thursday
Night Community Forums. All Forums are held at the House
of the Lord Church from 7pm to 9pm.
Join Operation Life Line if you need assistance or know
someone who needs assistance with their mortgages as it
relates to foreclosures, predatory lending and/or subprime
Attend NRLAA’s monthly forum Focus on Africa the 2nd
Saturday from 2pm to 4pm.
Organizing Meetings regarding Darfur every Thursday - 12noon
@ the House of the Lord Church
Keep abreast of our Darfurian activities by checking our
web page @ HYPERLINK "http://www.holnj.org" www.holnj.org.
On Sunday, June 8, 2008, Rev. Leah Daughtry, Pastor of the
House of the Lord Church in Washington, DC and CEO of the
2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado,
will be the guest preacher at the 12 noons Worship Service
at the House of the Lord Church, located at 415 Atlantic
On June 19–20, 2008, in honor of Juneteenth, The Downtown
Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance (DBNA) will host its Annual
Emancipation Day Celebration. At 12noon on the 20th there
will be an Unveiling & Dedication of a Plaque marking
the stop on the Underground Railroad at the Old Bridge Street
Church, which served as a safe house for runner away slaves.
Many invited guest speakers. A Luncheon (invitation only)
will follow with Dr. Adelaide Sanford as the keynote speaker.
At 7pm, there will be a musical concert, free to the public,
at the House of the Lord Church featuring The House of the
Lord Anointed Voices, the renowned singer, Minister Lawrence
Craig, Bishop Nathaniel Townsley & The Gospel Jubilee
and many others. Dinner will start at 5pm (No cost with
reservation). Contact Peggy Iman Washington, the Program
Coordinator, @ (718) 596-1991 or (718) 797-2184.
On Saturday, June 28, 2008 at 2pm the 30th Annual Randolph
Evans Memorial Scholarship Awards Ceremony and Reception
will be held at the House of the Lord Church. Congresswoman
Yvette Clarke will be the keynote speaker.
On Sunday June 29, 2008, Rev. Dawnique Daughtry-Pemberton,
Pastor of the House of the Lord Church of Bergen County
in Englewood, NJ will be the guest preacher at the 12 noon
Worship Service at the House of the Lord Church, located
at 415 Atlantic Avenue
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