Today I honor one of my mentors who was a advocate for justice, a man of integrity and a spiritual leader who epitomizes community transformation through individual self-determination. Bishop Brazier has gone on to be with The Lord; but his impact across the United States continues to be felt even today. Those that knew Bishop Brazier will tell you that he was a very humble man whose life’s work was for the advancement of community, not for personal recognition and awards. He believed for individuals to change their situations their mentality had to shift from victims to victors.
He was honored by Presidents, from Kennedy to Obama, worked tirelessly in Washington for the betterment of others and held local politicians accountable by measuring their actions through the lens of scripture.
Because he worked behind the scenes, most people don’t know his role in advocacy, about his fight to end school segregation, illegal housing practices and his role in bringing Dr. King to Chicago. And that was just the beginning… Here is a look back at the early days of Bishop Arthur M. Brazier – The Activist.
Link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGaHjY9LBzo
Today the struggle has been redefined, but the fundamental issues of perceived privilege and injustice remain the same. If we are training young people to understand their DESTINY, we can’t approach it from a victim mentality; teach them to be overcomes. Scripture says – They can do all things through Christ which strengthens them.