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Fight for justice, help Haitians, hundreds urged at Valley MLK event

Published: Sun, January 17, 2010 @ 7:15 p.m.

By Don Shilling

YOUNGSTOWN — It’s time to stand up and act, just as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. did, a speaker said.

“Who’s got next?” the Rev. Amariah McIntosh said to hundreds of people who packed Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church on Himrod Avenue Sunday for a service to honor King.

The line came from television commercials before the 1992 Olympics. The ads showed members of the U.S. women’s basketball team finding men playing basketball at various locations and surprising them by saying, “We got next.”

The men laughed until the women took the court against them.

Rev. McIntosh, the keynote speaker at a community worship service to honor King, asked the audience to be as bold as the women in those commercials.

Society needs people who will stand up against racism and poverty, said the pastor of Phillips Chapel CME in Youngstown. Society needs people who will stand up for those suffering with AIDS and other diseases and those suffering from child abuse and elder abuse, she said.

“We need folk who will fight for justice. Who’s got next?”

By the time Rev. McIntosh was done with her challenge, many in the audience were standing, clapping and shouting their affirmation.

There was one other group that Rev. McIntosh said needed assistance — the people of Haiti who are suffering from last week’s earthquake.

Helping these victims was a focus of the service, which is organized annually by the Martin Luther King Planning Committee of Mahoning County.

Read the full story of the event Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com. View a video of the observance on Vindy.com.


1Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

The situation in Haiti shows the helpless being devasted by a catastrophe . Their own government is helpless to do anything . We must look far beyond immediate aid to the long term future of Haiti . Investments need to be made to allow the Haitians the opportunity to develop their underdeveloped country . Foreign aid is good for Haiti but Haitian prosperity is good for everyone .

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2dominoman777(57 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

yeah front em some dope money

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3DoctorGonzo(728 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

“We need folk who will fight for justice. Who’s got next?”

Perhaps the Rev could learn correct grammar and set a better example for his predominantly black congregation. If you try and act and speak like a human being there are several opportunities available to you in this country. If you speak like an uneducated person, people will not afford you these particular oportunites because they believe you lack the basic brain waves to contribute.
Set a better example Rev.

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4DoctorGonzo(728 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

I never said I was educated.
I am not sure if employers or providers would agree with your "shorthand" way of talking description. That sounds asssssssssssssssssssssinine. Is that spelled right?

I was making the point that black (and white) leaders should set better examples. Employers scoff at those who cannot speak correctly.

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5Enough(32 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Doctor: EXACTLY! Well said, correct spelling or not.

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6mikeymike(469 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Doctor gonzo I find you amusing,all your comments are about grammar,how sad you have no life.Were you or are you an English teacher ?Always trying to point out lack of grammar skills by others,makes you look asssssssssssinine.

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7UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Yes, stand up and act like MLK. Womanize on your wife with more women then Tiger Woods and plagiarize your doctoral thesis. Those are excellent examples of the MLK morals. Why anyone would honor such a man is beyond me?

This is exactly what we are seeing in the black community today - lack of family moral values. It's small wonder that nothing has changed in the 30 years since his death.

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8BrothaLove(81 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

I just read, with some interest and great humor, the comments posted by "UnionForever." The comment is humorous because he points out two aspects of Dr. King's life as a basis for why he should not be honored, while ignoring the great things he accomplished.

Now, Let's apply that same logic to other people — so called leaders in American history. Thomas Jefferson is honored and revered by many, yet didn't he spend a great part of his life raping and producing children with a black woman. He actually took the cowards way out and denied those same children did he not.

Christopher Columbus is seen as a fine upstanding man who is honored in this country with his own day. Yet, Columbus raped, robbed and pillaged his way across more Native American tribal land than any one person can document. By the time he and his perverted entourage finished raping and abusing women and children, many tribes had been destroyed with disease.

As a union man I am sure UnionForever honors President Kennedy. Did not this man chase more women through the White House than did President Clinton. Let's not forget his father who made a fortune as a bootlegger, the equivalent of a drug dealer at the time.

I could go on, but most people with sense I am sure get my point. I said most people with sense so I will understand if UnionForever and those of like mind still don't have a clue.

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