When it comes to the networks or the NY Times naming civil rights leaders, they’ll frequently name Jesse Jackson, Jr., Al Sharpton or, occasionally, John Lewis. It’s time to name a new set of civil rights leaders. If I were king-for-a-day, I’d start the list with Alton Sterling’s family. I’d start with Quinyetta McMillon, the mother of his son Cameron.
My heart broke when I read that she said “My family is heartbroken for the officers and their families. We are praying for them, city leadership and the Baton Rouge community. As my son Cameron and I have said from the beginning, all we want is peace. We reject violence of any kind directed at members of law enforcement or citizens. My hope is that one day soon we can come together and find solutions to the very important issues facing our nation rather than continuing to hurt one another” in a printed statement.
I don’t think it’s a stretch to think of Quinyetta and Cameron as the opposites of #BlackLivesMatter and Al Sharpton. Further, I’d argue that Quinyetta and Cameron’s attitude is more like Martin Luther King’s attitude than #BlackLivesMatter and Al Sharpton’s attitude towards MLK. Check out this article about “8 peaceful protests that bolstered civil rights”:
1. Montgomery bus boycott, 1955-56
Lasting just over a year, the Montgomery bus boycott was a protest campaign against racial segregation on the public transit system in Montgomery, Ala. The protest began, on Dec. 1, 1955, after African-American Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white person. The next day, Dr. King proposed a citywide boycott of public transportation at a church meeting.
2. The Albany movement, 1961
The Albany movement was a coalition formed in November 1961 in Albany, Ga., to protest city segregation policies. Dr. King joined in December, planning only to counsel the protesters for one day. Instead, he was jailed during a mass arrest of peaceful demonstrators, and he declined bail until the city changed its segregation policies.
Read the entire article.
Alton Sterling’s family is calling for peace just like Martin Luther King rejected violence in his march for civil rights. Dr. King was a giant, just like Quinyetta and Cameron are peace-advocating giants at a time when America needs more peace-advocating giants.
On Wednesday, Cameron Sterling made a public plea for peace.
“Protest in peace. Not guns, not drugs, not alcohol, not violence,” he said. “Everyone needs to protest in the right way, with peace. No violence. None whatsoever.”
Let’s pray we find more Quinyettas and Camerons fast. We need them badly.
Authored By Let Freedom Ring Blog