On Sunday, May 18th, he would have been
25. He would have been married for almost 2 years, if the police had
not killed him while he was in his own car headed home. There were two
events that marked the occasion. The family gathered at the cemetery
in Port Washington, New York. I can still see the rolling hills, the
open gravesite and smell the green grass when we carried him there in
November. While at the cemetery his mother brought along a New York
Yankee baseball cap and placed it on the gravesite. Sean loved baseball.
It is said he had a promising future in the sport. After gathering strength
from her faith that Sean was very much alive and watching over them,
she said some of the most profound words that I have heard from the
lips of a grieving parent, “Sean would have been a famous baseball
player, but now, he is famous for something much more powerful –
justice.” Her action and words should be an inspiration to all
who have gone through the valley through which the Bells are passing.
She has extracted purpose from a purposeless killing. She has, transformed
pain into power and in her own hurt she has been a help to others.
It reminds me of Mrs. Annie Brannon, whose 15-year old son, Randy Evans,
was killed by police officer Robert Torsney, November 1976. The following
year, November 1977, the jury pretty much acquitted the officers. The
community was furious, comparable to the feelings that pervade the community
today. We commenced organizing with the objectives that the memory of
Randy Evans would never be forgotten. Empowering the people and creating
a movement, we achieved our objective. Among the many things that were
accomplished on June 28th at the House of the Lord Church we will be
having the 29th Annual Randy Evans Luncheon. Since 1979, we have awarded
10 college-bound students $1,500 each in memory of Randy Evans. Our
speaker this year will be Congresswoman Yvette Clarke. She was one of
our awardees. Many students have succeeded in pursuing their careers.
Some of them return each year. I used to say to Mrs. Brannon that if
Randy had lived it is not likely that he would have influenced as many
people as he has. And, the cause that came into existence resulting
from his death may not have been achieved in his life had he lived.
Later in the evening, there was a birthday remembrance for Sean Bell
at the 212 Club on East 65th Street in Manhattan. It is a narrow, long
place with two floors. It was 7:30 when I arrived. When I ascended the
small, winding stairs, seated to the front of the crowded room, about
20 feet away, were Rev. Sharpton, dressed in a black pin-stripped suite,
Carl Andrews and in between them, sat Governor David Paterson.
I went directly to Rev Sharpton. Jokingly, I said, “Have you heard
that David has become governor...” before I could complete the
sentence, David jumped up and hugged me. We had a big laugh. It was
like old times. The governor and I had fought many battles together.
I always had the highest admiration for him. I was delighted to see
that he has not changed. It is hard to believe he is governor.
Mrs. Bell with daughter Deloris arrived. Mr. Bell did not attend. Then
came Joe Guzman, Nicole with her mother and sister. Congressman Charlie
Rangel dropped by. He did not stay long. He greeted Mrs. Bell and Nicole.
Also Terry Williams, from the Williams Agency, Allison Williams, whom
I met for the first time and who promised she would participate in our
benefit for Darfur, was introduced to Nicole.
Nicole was beautiful. She still wore black. She gallantly tried to blend
in. She would smile politely from time to time. But traces of pain were
evident in her face.
During the time there, Rev. Sharpton and I discussed organizing a Father’s
Day contribution from the church for Mr. Bell. He said he wanted to
get about 25 churches to take a Father’s Day offering for the
Bell family. Also, we discussed the plans that we had formulated the
day before at NAN’s headquarters. After the rally, Bishop Williams
of Community Church of Christ, Mrs. Bell’s pastor, had brought
a flyer in which each Borough was identified to do a Father’s
Day March and Rally on Saturday, June 14th. Bishop Williams would organize
Queens. I would organize Brooklyn. We have to identify coordinators
for the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island. The plan is to assemble
at a given place and march to a designated site. Each Borough would
choose it’s own place of assemblage and targeted site. The march
will begin from each location at 11:00am. The rally will start at 12:00
noon in the selected site of each Borough. Participants are urged to
bring banners and placards not attached to sticks.
We thought this would be a grand opportunity to organize men in particular,
but everybody, in general. Then we would follow up the next day with
a fundraiser for the Bell family. The plans for the march, in addition
to the next act of civil disobedient, will be finalized on Thursday,
May 22nd at the House of the Lord Church.
Attend the Timbuktu Learning Center’s weekly Thursday Night Community
Forums. All Forums are held at the House of the Lord Church from 7pm
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 lending.
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 1, 2008 8am & 12noon worship experience –
Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry’s sermon will focus on his 50 years
of ministry and will e entitled “Reflections on my life an Ministry.”
All are invited.
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
noon Worship Service at the House of the Lord Church, located at 415
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
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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