In the news this week, new faces for America’s currency are being highlighted and proposed as possible solutions to the not yet defeated nemesis of racism. Meanwhile, another “purple light” has gone out, with the death of Prince.
Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill. Andrew Jackson will be moved to the back. Often nicknamed “Moses,” Ms. Tubman was a remarkable woman and a Christian female liberator. She guided slaves to freedom, worked alongside Susan B. Anthony in the Suffragette Movement, was a confidant of Frederick Douglass and played a role in the Civil War.
Connecting the 19th century freedom struggles to the 20th century battle for racial justice, recommendations have been made to include Martin Luther King, Jr., sometimes known as “The Black Moses,” of his day, on the five dollar bill in the near future as one of the faces of the Civil Rights Movement. During his lifetime, Uncle ML fought for liberty, racial justice, righteousness, and dignity for all human beings, born and unborn.
Many people don’t know that during Liberator Tubman’s remarkable “Underground Railroad” journey, there were often pregnant women and families with little children on the journey to freedom. As a Christian, Tubman did not advocate abortion or infanticide; instead she developed creative methods to calm the children and indeed all of the escaping slaves as they braved the famous, historical Underground Railroad trek.
In continuation, The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s was a pivotal time in our nation’s history as it addressed the civil rights of so many people in our country and tackled the issues of gaining racial equality and ending segregation.
The 20th Century Civil Rights Movement, of which many members of the “King Family Legacy” were a part, is now a historical landmark in the journey to true Jubilee.
Yes, we are making advances, yet we still have a long way to go towards achieving racial harmony and regard for the human personality.
“Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust.” Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham jail.
Speaking of human personalities, a bright “purple” light has left the planet.
Prince, the famous rock singer has left us. He is remembered for his music, and his legendary romance with “Vanity.” Denise Katrina Matthews, better known as “Vanity” was a Canadian singer, songwriter, dancer, actress and model. She was a backup singer and dancer for Prince. Their love affair was legendary. Vanity left her performance career in 1994, after she overdosed on crack cocaine, and survived to become a Christian evangelist. I believe she continued to pray for Prince, even though they no longer had a professional career together.
Always on the cutting edge with his music, most notably “Purple Rain,” before his death, Prince and 3rd Eye Girl” recently covered a Christian song, “What If,” by Nicole Nordeman. The song embraces the closely-knit relationship between doubt and faith. Interestingly, Prince and Vanity had that in common, the struggle between fame and faith. Vanity died in February 2016. Prince died this week.
There are many instances where celebrities battle with fame and faith, some become Christians, some don’t. Ted Baher of www.movieguide.org advocates for promoting Christian values in media and entertainment. Read more here.
With all of the challenges in the world, many of which can be seen with the jumble of current events bombarding our senses, the major goal for seeking solutions to human problems must continue to be the conversion of the hearts of men and women. Only when we truly love our neighbors can we learn to live together as brothers and sisters.
From a spiritual perspective, even now in the 21st century, prayer remains a key in the march towards Freedom. Recently in DC at www.unitedcry2016.com, there were people of every walk of life praying for our nation to come together as one people and to embrace our differences instead of letting those differences divide us. Read more HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.
During his lifetime my mentor, Pastor Allan McNair, often said, “America must repent from racism and defeat racism if we truly want God to bless us and make America great.” He also encouraged us to pray for spiritual transformation, rather than try to solve everything through political and money seeking efforts. During this current news and election cycle, prayer should be a major key in seeking solutions for America’s ills.
So, as we say goodbye to Prince, look for the new faces on our currency, and prepare to elect a new president of the United States, may we remain prayerful that God will truly “bless America” as we repent for our sins and pray for mercy and justice for all.