“But By the Content of Their Character”: From My Neighborhood to Leroy Barber’s Words

I went with my boys to the #BlackHistoryMonth celebration last evening at their grade school.  It was a great event:  food, music, dance, drumming and of course, community.

My boys have the great privilege of going to a school where, as I looked around the room last night (and I could not stop myself from scanning the crowd time and again) what I saw was barely short of the scene in Revelation 7, verse 9:

I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing together…

It is only grade school, I know, but what a gift it is for my boys to be able to practice heaven in the here and now in this very tangible and relational way.

Toward the end of the festivities, the evening’s emcee, Mrs. Jackson, stood before the room and marveled as I had at the diversity that filled the room and she harkened the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, “This room is testimony and a hope for a world where we can be together and where you children will not be judged by the color of your skin but by the content of your character.”

Her words and the ever-surfacing hope within me, reminded me of Leroy Barber’s words on an earlier episode of #OffTheHighway.  Leroy is making a call for a different kind of world.  Take a few minutes to watch Leroy and learn.


2 Responses to ““But By the Content of Their Character”: From My Neighborhood to Leroy Barber’s Words”

  1. That is a pretty special place considering where you live. Even in Portland, there are people of color living, loving and thriving. We are there (not me, boo hoo, but others), we just sometimes go “unseen”. We have to tell that narrative, not just the “Black people are disappearing” narrative. Yes, there is gentrification and oppression, but that isn’t the only story. Thanks for sharing this little glimpse into your hood.

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