Indiana Black Pride was a wonderful, deserved (I am outspokenly biased) success. How can your first annual event not be a success when Congresswoman Julia Carson, not only comes to speak as an invited guest at the kick off movie night, but returns to sit for hours in the sun at our festival in Watkins Park, talking to our people and then comes to the Black Pride church services at Jesus MCC, this morning, and brings us all, including herself, to tears at the end of the service when she observed that she had never seen a church that so embodied the Christian spirit of universal love and acceptance. She was not the only regular church goer this morning who was overwhelmed by a hitherto unknown experience: a church where everyone is truly welcome.
As we struggle in Indiana, the United States, and the world, against bigotry and ignorance, we should celebrate such people as Julia, David, Scott and Jackie who are not like other politicians: they stand up for equal rights because it is the right thing. And more and more, it seems to me, they come to us not merely to solicit our votes, although they deserve our votes and our devoted support, but to be with us as friends and neighbors.
There is a trade wind blowing across the land, but with all due respect to Reverend Elder Darlene Garner's thought-provoking sermon this morning, that wind is at our backs.