Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr: Interview with Pastor Fred Berry

“Martin Luther King, Jr. is my hero in terms of what he accomplished as a man of God,” said Pastor Fred Berry of Azusa St. Mission, who recently visited a local church. Berry, a child of the Civil Rights Movement, now ministers to the African American community in downtown LA.   “MLk, Jr.’s legacy as a pastor is about someone who was bold and courageous about the gospel, and who demonstrated it,” according to Berry. “We can judge the movements we’ve been seeing, such as BLM and Antifa, (and recently, the…

Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights

 Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you.    Matthew 5:44   That scripture defined the man and the movement. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—the icon of the Civil Rights Movement—was committed to nonviolent resistance to racial discrimination based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, Mahatma Gandhi, and Henry David Thoreau. He preached peace, love, and unity as he fought for racial integration, labor, voting, and civil rights for African Americans in the 1950s…

Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation

“A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half-slave and half-free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved – I do not expect the house to fall – but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other.” Lincoln’s ‘House-Divided’ Speech in Springfield, Illinois, June 16, 1858. In September 1862 America was in the midst of some of its darkest hours.  The Civil War was ragging and casualty figures were rising.  President…

December 1776: The Month That Saved America

Washington Crossing the Delaware is an 1851 oil-on-canvas painting by the German American artist Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze.  It is located at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Many Americans don’t realize how close their country came to never being founded.  From August 1776 until the end of December 1776 and the Battle of Trenton, George Washington’s rag-tag army was constantly on the verge of total defeat.  Poor strategic decisions, illness, hunger and desertion plagued the Continental Army.  The well-trained British Army, the greatest in the world at…

The Christmas Truce of the Great World War

The Christmas truce of 1914 was neither planned nor expected. Since late summer, the opposing British and German forces had been engaged in trench warfare, leaving the bloodstained ground between them a veritable no-man’s-land.  This was the last place anyone expected to find peace on earth, or good will towards men.   There was no directive for a cease-fire from Kaiser Wilhelm.  Pope Benedict XV had called for an armistice, which was officially rejected. There would be no peace, and there was no  Geneva Protocol to mitigate the horrors of warfare. …