(The Rev. Rodney Beard is pastor of The Living Word Community Church in Nashville.)
I had an interesting conversation with the Vice President of our National Action Network of Greater Nashvill
by Bernal E. Smith II
I tend to be bent towards positivity and optimism in just about everything and cert
It is the great irony of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark desegregation case that celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, that segregation in our schools has gotten even worse, not better.
Back in 1954, 17 states still had segregated schools and with court order from the highest court in the land, they were forced to desegregate. How successful were they? Not very.
Two years ago, I had one in a series of engaging and ongoing conversations with the TSD’s Executive Editor Karanja A. Ajanaku about creating fundamental and sustainable change in the quality of life in Memphis, particularly for African-American people.
At the time, I shared with him that I would eventually help 100,000 felons get their voting rights back. I projected personally paying a legal firm to handle each of the 100,000 cases. I envisioned a free YouTube documentary video showing how I (SixFour) – a second-chancer – got my voting rights back. And I openly talked of the collective power that could result.