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“For Those of You Who Think [I’ve] Gotten to Radical with My Message…?”

Lou Coleman-Yeboah

Lou Coleman-Yeboah

By Lou Coleman-Yeboah

“Well I got news for you, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Glory, Glory! “[Lyrics Kirk Franklin-Stomp]. I tell you, Jesus loves you so much that He sent a messenger to warn you, that you are heading down the wrong path. But naw, you find Sin so pleasurable that you want to be mad at the messenger. Well Boo, Boo, the message is and always will be a straightforward command to repent. A call for a radical, 180 degree turning from Sin. That is repentance. Instead of getting mad you ought to be like the people who heard Peter in [Acts 2] and ask what response was expected of them. Plainly, Peter told them…Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sin… [Acts 2:38]. So what’s your problem? No one is excluded from Jesus demand to repent. [Luke 13:3].

Listen, you can ignore the call of repentance if you want to, but God will not be mocked. The wages of Sin is death. Cleanse your hands, you sinner, and purify your heart, you double-minded. And know that if you continually refuse the salvation call of Christ, one day you will die and end up in Hell.  “Submit therefore to God. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Otherwise, be miserable and mourn and wept; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. The danger of knowing, but not obeying. Tragic!

Civil Rights Journalist Simeon Booker to Be Memorialized at Washington National Cathedral

simeon-bookerA memorial service for trailblazing civil rights journalist Simeon Booker will be held on Monday, January 29, his wife, Carol McCabe Booker, has announced.  The service is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Washington National Cathedral located at Wisconsin Avenue NW in Washington. Booker, a journalistic icon, died December 10 at the age of 99.  

Booker’s more than half-century of civil rights reporting, most notably the brutal murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in Mississippi, helped propel the civil rights struggle onto the front pages of newspapers across the country which had long ignored the oppression of Black Americans. Previously, he had been the first full-time black reporter at the Washington Post.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Simeon Booker Scholarship at Youngstown State University. All gifts designated for this minority scholarship are matched by the Youngstown State U Foundation, to which checks should be payable, at 655 Wick Avenue, Youngstown, Ohio 44502.

Simeon-Booker-Het-tributeThe biography of Simeon Booker is documented as follows at TheHistoryMakers.org:

Magazine and newspaper reporter Simeon Saunders Booker, Jr. was born on August 27, 1918, in Baltimore, Maryland to Roberta Waring and Simeon Saunders Booker, Sr., a YMCA director and minister. After his family moved to Youngstown, Ohio, Booker became interested in journalism through a family friend, Carl Murphy, the owner and operator of Baltimore’s The Afro American Newspapers. 

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 21: FILE, Award-winning African-American journalist Simeon Booker at an interview in Washington, DC on December 21, 1982. (Photo by Fred Sweets/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 21: FILE, Award-winning African-American journalist Simeon Booker at an interview in Washington, DC on December 21, 1982.
(Photo by Fred Sweets/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

In 1942, after receiving his B.A. degree in English from Virginia Union University in Richmond, Booker took a job at the The Afro American Newspapers as a young reporter. In 1945, he moved back to Ohio to work for the Call and Post. Five years later, Booker was the recipient of the Nieman Fellowship from Harvard University to study journalism and develop his talent as a reporter. After leaving Harvard in 1951, Booker became the first full-time black reporter at The Washington Post.

In 1954, Booker was hired by the Johnson Publishing Company to report on current events in its weekly digest, Jet. In 1955, Booker helped to redefine the role of Jet and the entire Civil Rights Movement with his famous coverage of the Emmett Till murder and trial, turning an all too familiar event in the Deep South into a national tragedy that united the black community. Booker remained on the dangerous front lines of the Civil Rights Movement, reporting on the 1957 integration of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. 

In 1961, Booker rode with the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) Freedom Riders through the Deep South. When the buses were fire bombed in Anniston, Alabama, Booker arranged the Freedom Riders’ evacuation with U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. Continuing his work of in-depth reporting, Booker toured Vietnam and interviewed General Westmoreland for Jet in the mid-1960s. 

In 1964, Booker outlined the importance of the ongoing Civil Rights Movement in his book, Black Man’s America. Booker covered every Presidential election since the Eisenhower Administration in his fifty-three years with Johnson Publishing until he retired in 2007. 

Among his journalistic holdings, Booker has also authored four books. They include a 2013 memoir, Shocking the Conscience: A Reporter’s Account of the Civil Rights Movement, which was co-written with his wife, Carol McCabe Booker.

In 1982, Booker received one of the most prestigious awards in journalism, the National Press Club’s Fourth Estate Award. Booker was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Newspaper Publishers Association, The Black Press of America, in 2007. The National Association of Black Journalists’ inducted Booker into its Hall of Fame in 2013. He also received a career George Polk Award for lifetime achievements in journalism and the top award among journalists upon the 70th Anniversary of the Capital Press Club, proclaiming him “Dean of Black Journalists, Iconic Trailblazer for Justice in America.”

He is survived by his wife, Carol, and four childrenTheodore BookerSimeon Booker IIIJames Booker, and Theresa Booker.

What It Do with the LUE: Positive Men

Anthony Revis

Anthony Revis

By Lue Dowdy

Grooming young boys into POSITIVE MEN is WHAT IT DO! Screaming good luck to Ahmad Revis as he competes in the 51st Annual Beautillion Knights Scholarship Program held by Social Lites, Inc. Foundation. LUE Productions is honored to sponsor such an amazing young man.

Mr. Revis was born to Tanesha and Anthony Revis in Fontana, California and raised in the City of San Bernardino. Ahmad is currently attending Cajon High School. His hobbies consist of reading, drawing, playing video games and hanging out with friends. His goal is to make it big and give back to his community. When you see a GOOD fight don’t be afraid to jump in.

 Please support The Beautillions by purchasing a ticket or sponsorship on behalf of Ahmad by contacting Tanesha Revis at (909) 277.5843. The event kicks off on March 24, 2018 at National Orange Show in San Bernardino.

Until next week keep them L’s in da air.