Jan. 26, 2017
Our Black History Need Not Be A Black Mystery, In His Words My Voice, The Vote Is The Only Effective
“We have athletes and comedians. Let us still applaud our athletes when they achieve on the field of competition, and let us join with others and freely laugh at the jokes that our comedians give. But we must not confuse these various fields. There must not develop any dictatorship of any one field, and athletes and comedians must not make the mistake of assuming the role of political, religious, and cultural leaders. We as a race must see to it that each man serves in his field, and we must not allow the white community to pick our leaders or to tell us what Negro we should follow.”
Rev. Joseph Jackson, long-time pastor of Olivet Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois, and President of the National Baptist Convention from 1953 to 1982 became the leading spokesperson for the black conservative opposition to the direct action civil rights movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King and other leaders. In this session of In His Words My Voice I voice his words given that day at the National Baptist Convention’s 84th annual meeting held in Detroit, on September 19, 1964, he outlined why he feels that obtaining and using the vote are the only necessary actions to bring about racial equality in the United States.