Our “Black Families” face everyday:
- Maintainance of our existing support and educational systems, and
- Creating new support and educational systems.
Because of racism and experiences like T. Martin and Zimmerman, Historically Black education facilities have been built and will continue to be built. Our “Black Families” also have the right to educate free from intimidation and harassment. This case, remember is the State of Flordia vs. Zimmerman, and in order to correct civil wrongs, the system that is in place can be used. Also remember, that if the system does not work, then we use the law to correct this as well.
An example of the importance of maintaining and creating new educational systems is the school closing of a historically Black-American College, Bishop College. Many of my family members (Parkers and Singletons) attended this college in the 1930s & 1940s.
Bishop College was a historically black college, founded in Marshall, Texas, United States, and later moved to Dallas, Texas, that operated from 1881 to 1988. The college was founded by the Baptist Home Mission Society in 1881 as the result of a movement to build a college for African-American Baptists. The movement was started by Nathan Bishop, who had been the superintendent of several major school systems in New England. Baylor University President Rufus C. Burleson secured a pledge of $25,000 from Judge Bishop during a meeting of the National Baptist Education Society meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to start the college. A committee of Baptist ministers from East Texas selected a location in Marshall, on land belonging to the Holcomb Plantation, Wyalucing. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishop_College)
For its first several decades, Bishop’s faculty and administration largely consisted of white people. The first African-American to be president was Joseph J. Rhoads, who assumed the leadership role in 1929 and remained through the
Great Depression and World War II. During his presidency, Bishop phased out its high school programs and placed emphasis on its new two-year ministerial program. During the 1930s and 1940s the ministerial program evolved into the Lacy Kirk Williams Institute, which attracted national attention; its attendants included the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rev. Jesse Jackson. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishop_College)
In 1961, after receiving a grant from the Hoblitzelle Foundation, Bishop moved to a 360-acre (1.5 km2) campus in Dallas. In Dallas, enrollments increased, peaking at almost 2,000 students around 1970. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishop_College)
The college closed in 1988 after a financial scandal led to the revocation of its accreditation, as well as its eligibility to receive funds from charities such as the United Negro College Fund. The campus, purchased in 1990 by Comer S. Cottrell, is now the site of Paul Quinn College. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishop_College)
In 2006, the president of Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky proposed a plan to Bishop College alumni to make Georgetown their adopted alma mater. Georgetown offers scholarships to children or grandchildren of Bishop alumni or students nominated by Bishop alumni. Upon graduation, these students receive diplomas with the name and insignia of Bishop College. Georgetown president William H. Crouch Jr. hopes the program will help the college reach its goal of increasing minority enrollment to 25% by 2012.[4 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishop_College)
Civil Rights laws that allow education free from harassment and intimidation in the United States of American also have an International equaliant, International Human Rights Laws from The Writings of African-Americans®: The Four Geneva Conventions of 1949: International Humanitarian Law. And when issues like these occur, not everyone is an American, and The Responsibility to Protect may also apply to America for Americans. The Writings of African-Americans®: What is Responsibility to Protect (RtoP or R2P)?
We also have a personal responsibility to protect our children, spouses, family, and communities. Many of our “Black Families” are of African Disporia.
The Historically Black Newspaper The Los Angeles Sentinel’s front page shows this tragedy in full color and black & white. With comments from President Barack
Obama, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Congresswoman Janice Hahn, L.A. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Council President Herb Wesson, and Congresswoman Karen Bass. Seeing a young person’s life in four pictures.