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COURAGE DOESN'T MEAN WE ARE NOT AFRAID

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When my children were a little younger, I would drive them and their cousins to school. Of course they were capable of walking especially in their late adolescent years. One day on the way to school, we came upon a group of young men standing in front of the store. In the heat of an argument a fight was ensuing. I, being a petite woman, was pretty sure that there was nothing that I could do about it. I am not even sure that I had a cell phone at that time. Not to mention, I had been entrusted not only with my children’s care but also the care of my nieces and nephew. It seemed in that spare of the moment that the safest thing to do was….well, I drove the van onto the sidewalk in front of the store, honked the horn continuously and I shouted in my sternest voice to cut it out. Well, it must have startled them because they did stop what they were dong even if it was long enough to tell me to mind my own business. I backed off of the sidewalk, as the children hid from embarrassment and I continued to drive them to school. For that moment I had been courageous. It was a momentary lapse of judgment or perhaps non-judgment. Courage is when you are too afraid to do something but you do it in spite of or even though you are afraid.

In celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr., black history month and in the recent loss of one of the original "Greensboro Four"http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/10/us/greensboro-four-activist-obit/; I have thought about all that it takes to be brave. I am so thankful for all that they endured to ensure our freedom today. I question how or if I could endure so much had I lived during that time. Most of all, I question if I would have the courage to fight for freedom. I hope and pray that I would have been courageous but I am sure that I would have been afraid. There is nothing wrong with being afraid. Fear is a common sense response – an automatic response. I think that Martin Luther King Jr. was afraid and the "Greensboro Four" were afraid. We all have been afraid at different times in our life. Only when we are confronted with what is right or wrong, do we realize what we will or will not do when that moment comes.

Our biggest inspiration is Jesus Christ, who knew what was right but still he prayed to God to strengthen him and He did. Perhaps, it is through God’s favor that they had the courage to endure. How else would the words,” be not afraid”, mean anything at all if not for the ability of God to strengthen us in times of trouble. Therefore, in the process of continuing the courageous efforts toward freedom, it is through God’s grace that we all should endure - man or woman - boy or girl; of every race, creed and color. We can fight the good fight for freedom with courage despite being afraid.

WE COMMEMORATE THOSE THAT HAVE COME BEFORE…..STILL THERE IS MUCH TO BE DONE.

PEOPLE OF COURAGE

  1. Martin Luther King Jr.
  2. Coretta Scott King
  3. Gandhi
  4. Malcolm X
  5. Betty Shabazz
  6. 911 Fire Fighters
  7. And First Responders
  8. Police Men and Women
  9. Teachers
  10. Barack Obama
  11. Michelle Obama
  12. Our Military forces
  13. The Greensboro Four
  14. Joan of Arc
  15. Emelia Earnhardt
  16. Medgar Evers
  17. Myrlie Evers
  18. Viola Luizzo
  19. Muhammad Ali
  20. Harriet Tubman
  21. Noah
  22. David
  23. Moses
  24. Aaron
  25. Ruth
  26. Mary
  27. Jackie Robinson
  28. Emmett Till
  29. Mother of Emmett Till
  30. James Chaney
  31. Andrew Goodman
  32. Michael Schwerner
  33. John F. Kennedy
  34. Jackie Kennedy
  35. Robert Kennedy
  36. Ethel Kennedy
  37. Angela Davis
  38. The first African Americans to Desegregate Little Rock
  39. Oprah Winfrey
  40. Ellen DeGeneres
  41. Robin Roberts
  42. Sidney Poitier
  43. Harry Belafonte
  44. Justin Miller
  45. London Miller
  46. Tiara Miller
  47. You
  48. And I
  49. Jesus Christ
  50. And so Many Gone But Not Forgotten
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