Thursday, February 6, 2014
February represents a month of hope.
It represents a month of empowerment.
On Saturday, that hope was celebrated as members of the Goose Creek NAACP joined in the Moncks Corner NAACP’s kickoff of Black History Month.
Acommemorative breakfast was held before a standing room only crowd at the Moncks Corner Masonic Lodge on Hwy. 52.
Part fellowship gathering, part meal and a whole lot church service, the two-hour celebration offered hope, presented personal challenges for area youth to change, and reminded those in attendance that the fight was not yet finished.
The keynote speaker, South Carolina State Representative Joe Jefferson, offered words of hope and reflection
Jefferson spoke about his past during the first signs of change that swept over the South during the 1960s, times Jefferson referred to as, “Thank God moments,” in his life.
“I had the privilege to attend the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968,” he said. “I had the privilege to integrate the bowling alley in Orangeburg back in 1968. I had the privilege to be standing on the front line when they started shooting at us in Orangeburg back in 1968.
“We realized when they started shooting that they weren’t shooting over our heads, they were shooting at us and we needed to run.”
It was during these moments, and the car accident Jefferson survived a few years back that taught him about life’s precious thread.
“There is such a thin line between life and death,” he said. “Waking up in that wrecked car and not knowing if I were dead or alive ...
“It taught me that life is but a slip of the moment and the next you’re gone.
“You need to pray every morning, noon and night,” Jefferson added.
Jefferson reminded those in attendance that meaningful change didn’t come without fight.
“I remember going to a restaurant to order food and I had to enter through a side door in order to place my order,” he said. “I had to wait though until others were served first. And I said to myself, ‘My goodness, this is not right.’”
Jefferson explained to Saturday morning’s audience that people today have too many “buts” in their lives.
The popular legislator continued: “I would come to the town council meeting, but ...
“I would have listened to the President’s speech last week, but ...
“I would have come to the county school board meeting, but ...
“Don’t let anybody tell you your vote doesn’t count, because it does,” Jefferson concluded.