February – March 2018
JESUS UNITING SOULS TO INCREASE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT (JUSTICE) MINISTRATION and the
STOP KILLING US (SKU) SOLUTIONS CAMPAIGN
Newsletter February – March 2018
A Black History Salute to a man of honor, WARREN EDWARD PARKER, August 1, 1960 – January 29, 2018. From Rev. Curtis E. Gatewood
Brother Warren E. Parker was born in Oxford, NC on August 1, 1960.
He was the John Phillip Sousa Band Award recipient due to being a highly skilled drummer on the Drum Line of J.F. Webb High School.
He attended North Carolina Central University before he joined the U.S. Marine Corp where he earned the rank of Sergeant.
Although his good looks and swag may have attracted many, he became most attractive in how he was devoted to his great wife of 30 years, Rev. Kathryn “Mona” D. Parker; his dynamic-duo daughters – Camille and Elisia; his pride in being a “Mamma’s Boy;” his outstanding and overall love and commitment to his family; a passionate reader of African American Literature, who for the most part became a self-taught and highly educated theologian and scholar on Black History.
He was such an inspiration regarding history and family, his oldest daughter Elisia, a WSSU graduate who also led her college chapter NAACP, presented her father with a 2016 Christmas gift he would never forget.
She presented her father (Warren Parker) with an unbelievably well-organized history booklet filled with research and a compilation of every imaginable detail of her father’s family roots, lineage, and ancestry.
The priceless booklet of their family ancestry included a touching cover letter to her “daddy,” which I was given the honor to present/read during her great father’s home-going service on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at the First Baptist Church in Oxford where Bro. Parker served as a Deacon and unmatched Sunday School Teacher.
In fact it was at the First Baptist Church in Oxford during the year 2003 where I met this exemplary family-man and man of God. I will always cherish his memory and pray to stay connected to his brotherly and caring spirit.
Further, his concern for his larger community and people is evident in how he did not wait until “Black History Month” to each day study, honor, teach, love, and LIVE “Black History.”
Lastly, Bro. Warren’s never-dying spirit will add to God’s long list of great people and God’s ongoing need for justice, which keep me and countless others “Fired Up and Ready To Go” in His never-ending “good fight” to “set at Liberty those who are oppressed.”
With much pride I salute Brother Warren E. Parker and his family!
Mother and Daughter team works to build support for Black History and JUSTICE Ministration Event
The Power of Collaboration. These ladies – Angela T. Caraway (picture left) of the Caraway Foundation, with her mother, Sarah Burns (The Human Wax Museum), along beside a few other great “fired up and ready go” supporters of JUSTICE Ministration, did an outstanding job organizing and planing on the ground in conjunction with Leon Gatewood of HOLLA! Together labored to ensure a packed house for Black History Month; generously shared the spotlight to recognize various local heroes and sheroes; provided inspiration and education; and simultaneously produced a historic JUSTICE Ministration Monthly Faith & Unity Service for February 2018.
JUSTICE Ministration/SKU monthly JUSTICE Faith & Unity Services bring community together during Black History Month
Pictured above, Rev. Curtis E. Gatewood (JUSTICE Ministration & SKU Founder) is standing (far right) in Black suit (beside his brother Leon in tan suit) in front of the standing-room-only crowd; The picture shows Rev. Gatewood lecturing at the JUSTICE Ministration monthly meeting in Anson County on 2/18/18 at the HOLLA! Center (Leon Gatewood, HOLLA! Founder & CEO) in Morven, NC; The JUSTICE Ministration meeting at the HOLLA Center was blessed with the help on the ground from local partners such as HOLLA!, The Caraway Foundation, and The Human Wax Museum.
JUSTICE Ministration & SKU monthly Faith & Unity meetings schedule:
VANCE and surrounding counties
Sun., 3/11/18 at 3 p.m. at the Gateway Center 314 S. Garnett St. Henderson, NC (the 2nd Sun., of each month; same place; same time).
ANSON and surrounding counties
Sun, 3/18/18 at 3 p.m. at the HOLLA! Center 229 E. Main St. Morven, NC (the 3rd Sun., of each month; same place; same time).
Please assist us in getting the word out! “Tell everyone you know – we are fired up and ready to go!”
A MESSAGE FROM THE STOP KILLING US (SKU) SOLUTIONS CAMPAIGN ON CHRIS ROCK AND VIOLENCE
We find it interesting how people are now offended and are now wanting to see comedian Chris Rock punished for his recent standup act which jokingly makes the point of how certain racist police officers should occasionally “shoot a white kid” to avoid making their disproportionate shooting of black youth so intentional.
While we will not judge or question the sincerity of those who are offended by Chris Rock’s recent form of comedy, the Stop Killing Us (SKU) Solutions Campaign sees a form of hypocrisy to be brought before the nation’s attention during new concerns over gun violence, as more and more military-style mass shootings indiscriminately and actually leave more and more white youth and others dead.
It would be one thing if Chris Rock was the first to use his gifts in entertainment as a means of injecting thoughts of violent behavior toward others. Unfortunately Chris Rock’s standup comedy would have never gotten a moment of scrutiny if he had said he was interested in seeing “more Niggas killed.”
The hypocrisy is evident in the fact the same powerful voices which are now joining the bandwagon to condemn Chris Rock, never said a mumbling word and/or never demanded corrective action or punishments toward the entertainment industry’s embracement of “gangsta rappin” where the repetitious usage of slang, violent lyrics, and appealing musical beats are used to maximize gang disputes, glamorize, entice, intensify, normalize, and desensitize the shooting or killing of Black youth consecutively for the last 30 years.
How did Chris Rock suddenly become the poster child of intolerably violent entertainment? It is due to the nation’s race-based double standard. It is because his entertainment mentioned the killing of “whites.”
Similarly, as long certain gangsta rap test-tube groups such NWA rapped about “gang-bangin” or “poppin Niggaz” or shooting and selling drugs to Black youth, their records were repetitiously played and sold by the millions. But as soon as they tried a song entitled “F@@@ the Police,” they became under tremendous scrutiny, attack, and had their records and performances banned.
Why weren’t law enforcement and others equally concerned about NWA and the opening of the floodgates for other “gangsta” artists who rapped about killing Black youth with the support of powerful entities who recorded, produced, sold, and played such lyrics throughout the country?
As rivers of blood from black young bodies have flooded our streets for more than 30 years; as the music industry cashed-in with billions of dollars from toxic, homicidal, racist, and self-hateful “kill-a-nigga” lyrics – where has been the outrage we now see aimed toward the one “joke” of Chris Rock?
This is not to suggest Chris Rock’s joke needs no scrutiny. SKU simply wants justice, consistency, and the need to equivocally raise concerns in a manner which reflects “real equality” and concern for Black life.
The glaring inequality in terms of tolerance proves, the overwhelming allowance of the entertainment industry’s promotion of lyrics which repetitiously express a desire to kill Black youth was allowed with no concern for “stoping” those who are “killing us.” Stop Killing Us!
Therefore, we are calling for all races to disallow these double standards which selectively single out an artist but ignores the entertainment industry’s systemic mountain of death aimed toward Black youth.
Join SKU in calling for the “entertainment” industry to be disallowed to further produce or promote or play music which has lyrics that could possibly incite, glorify, invite, instigate, normalize, or in any way encourage the killing of an African American youth or opposing gang member.
Furthermore, we call upon the FCC and others who have the responsibility to monitor airwaves, to cease and desist the airing of music which has lyrics that violently involves gang rivalry or where the artist uses slang or any other form of communication which means “kill” or violently dispose of a Black youth or human being.
STOP KILLING US!
Rev. Curtis E. Gatewood
JUSTICE Ministration & SKU Founder
REPORT ON HENDERSON MEETING 2/11/18
JUSTICE Ministration, SKU initiate Henderson and surrounding area collaboration
HENDERSON, NC – On February 11, 2018, with the collaborative assistance of D. Bernard Alston and other area leaders, Rev. Curtis E. Gatewood of JUSTICE (Jesus Uniting Souls To Increase Community Engage) Ministration and the Stop Killing Us Solutions (SKU) Campaign met to begin monthly JUSTICE Faith & Unity meetings at the Gateway Center located in Henderson.
Those who attended the meeting impressively included some of the area’s best and brightest in terms of their history of community engagement and success.
For example, Alston, who has long served Henderson and Vance County as a local attorney, public servant, and now serves as the local President of the Vance County NAACP gave the “welcome” as well as input regarding the Henderson community.
Based on such aforementioned service to the Henderson community, Rev. Gatewood asked attendees to assist in raising funds needed to reinstate Alston’s license for practicing law in the state of North Carolina.
JUSTICE Ministration has set up an online “Go fund me” page to assist Alston. Supporters may also make checks payable to “D. Bernard Alston” and submit donations directly to Alston.
Link to Alston’s Go Fund Me page:
Rev. Gatewood expressed the need to use the power of collaboration with area clergy to boost and strengthen the membership/support of nontraditional grassroots organizations as well as traditional civil rights groups like the NAACP.
Tonya Hall, a new Henderson resident and community advocate, lit up the room by voluntarily delivering and providing quality refreshments for those in attendance. Gatewood excitedly thanked Hall for kindly following through with her mother’s question during a meeting last month, of whether there would be refreshments.
Hall once served as an NAACP Youth Advisor in Durham during the time Rev. Gatewood’s daughter Desmera, was in grade school, and during his tenure (1995 to 2003) as President of the Durham NAACP. Hall is also the daughter of longtime NAACP leader and former National NAACP Board Member Edith Thompson, who now resides in Henderson.
Rev. Dr. Rodney Coles, Sr., InterFaith Clergy President/Coordinator, based in Greenville, opened the meeting with prayer and provided insite from his perspective as a leader who collaborates with a large network of clergy. Dr. Coles went on record endorsing and urging others at the meeting to support the JUSTICE Ministration vision.
Others who shared valuable ideas ranging from prevention toward “things which are killing us” to how to engage younger and grassroots communities, included longtime Warren County community abassadors such as Dr. Doris Terry Williams, Dollie Burwell, and Dr. Comos George, President of the Warren County NAACP.
Dr. George, a retired physician, reminded the group of how many of us are “dying from stress,” when the attendees were asked to name the things which are “killing us.”
Dr. Williams emphasized the need for people to step out and engage beyond the “comfort zone.” She also informed the group and community of the need to distinguish between “social justice and social service.”
Angela Coleman, who specializes in housing, income taxes, and finance, along with her husband Dwayne Coleman who is former President of the Granville County NAACP, also weighed into the discussion.
“I am interested in housing and ensuring our people make wills,” Angela said. Dwayne emphasized the need for community leaders to unite and no longer seem fearful. Dwayne also referred to Biblical scripture which calls for more community interaction from religious leadership.
Odessa Burnette Gatewood, JUSTICE Ministration First Lady, welcomed the group and assisted in articulating the vision. Odessa went around the room welcoming the attendees individually she knew.
“Warren County has been considered a poor county but I considered it rich – it was rich on talent, love, and unity,” Odessa said.
Rev. Gatewood agreed with Odessa’s sentiment and stated JUSTICE Ministration seeks to reembrace the value of “spiritual wealth” which in the past gave us confidence, hope, victory, and greatness in the absence of financial wealth.
Odessa enlightened the group regarding the history of her husband Rev. Gatewood’s work while providing reasons for others to become excited and supportive. Odessa is a Warren County native.
Each person present was given the opportunity to speak and share his or her ideas and community concerns.
Curtis and Gwen Alexander who attended from the neighboring state of Virginia, added their support, commitment, and thoughts.
Curtis Alexander echoed local resident and retired police officer Allen Simmons’ call on churches to get involved by engaging directly with the youth and others who are in greatest need of change or assistance and not wait until those in need come to a church or downtown meetings.
Kevin Buster, who is also a retired law enforcement officer, was in attendance along with other Henderson residents such as Niki Alston.
Niki signed on to assist in supporting the goals of the new outreach social justice ministry after meeting Rev. Gatewood where he eulogized her cousin. Nikki also assisted in taking notes during the meeting.
Rev. Gatewood asked those in attendance
to remain mindful of the “purpose – focusing on a few good things for collective collaboration toward rebuilding the community; producing solutions toward the major things which are killing and/or incarcerating us at high rates; planning massive mobilizations to bring attention to community needs/solutions when necessary; helping faith communities to educate and inspire congregants and others on more ways we can use the power of faith as the catalyst for social justice, peace in our streets, village rebuilding, and other needed community change.”
During refreshments, Henderson resident Dwight Elam enthusiastically expressed his encouraging words of support.
Rev. Gatewood stressed while many are wanted and many are welcome, “where two or three are willing to gather in His name, we can be empowered with the faith, courage, and endurance needed to make the necessary change.”
The next Henderson JUSTICE Ministration meeting is scheduled for Sun, March 11 at 3 p.m. at the Gateway Center located at 314 S. Garnett St., Henderson, NC
BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM IN HENDERSON SUN., 2/25 AT 4 P.M.
On Sunday, Feb., 25, at 4 p.m., Rev. Gatewood will serve as guest speaker at the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church Black History Program. The church is located at 613 East Avenue. JUSTICE Ministration supporters and others who are interested in uniting the faith community around solutions to advance the cause of justice are encouraged to attend.
JUSTICE Ministration Black History Events
OXFORD, NC – During a busy month of combining the forces of faith, theology, and history, the Rev. Curtis E. Gatewood, an Anson County native who moved from Durham to Oxford in 2003, will be lecturing and preaching locally in observance of Black History Month.
J.F. Web High School’s Black History festivities will include a featured presentation from Rev. Curtis E. Gatewood on Friday, Feb., 23, at 10 a.m.
On Saturday, Feb., 24, beginning at 2 p.m., at the Richard H. Thornton Library downtown Oxford, Rev. Gatewood will serve as one of the Black History special guests to present for a Black History series of events by local historian, activist, and former town councilmen Eddie McCoy.
Last week, McCoy’s featured presenter was former President & CEO of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, James Speed, who is an Oxford native. NC Mutual, founded in Durham in 1898, emerged to become the largest and oldest Black-owned insurance company in the nation.
On Sunday, Feb., 25, Gatewood will serve as the Black History keynote speaker in neighboring Vance County at the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church located at 613 East Avenue Henderson, NC where Bishop William Purvis serves as pastor. This event begins at 4 p.m.
In addition to being known for his civil rights work within the local and state NAACP, last year Rev. Gatewood founded JUSTICE Ministration. JUSTICE is the acronym for “Jesus Uniting Souls To Increase Community Engagement.”
JUSTICE Ministration sponsors monthly JUSTICE Faith & Unity Services in both Anson (3rd Sunday’s at 3 p.m.) and Vance (2nd Sundays at 3 p.m.) counties. The monthly Vance County meetings are held at the Gateway Center located at 314 S. Garnett St. Henderson.
The ministry also kicked off a national “Stop Killing Us (SKU) Solutions Campaign” in Washington DC during last year’s commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington.
“I am always honored and humbled with the opportunity to provide more truth within a society which has systematically used misinformation, miseducation, media bias, false imagery, Biblical cherry-picking, and revisionist history as one of many sinful forms of oppression and bondage,” said Rev. Gatewood. “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”
To find out more about JUSTICE Ministration, you may log onto www.justiceministration.com or call 919 939-5818.