Day 19 - First Steps: Hold
"Baldwin doesn't impress..."
"A top Harlem Negro leader," to Loye Mille, 1963
"The Negroes are influenced by the lecturers, the compelling speakers, the men like Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. And Baldwin can’t be effective as a lecturer. When you see him as a lecturer, you see an effeminate, and that ruins him even with those who have read him. He’s a f*****, a fairy. And we as Negroes have much greater animosity toward lesbians and homosexuals than does the white man, because this is weakness, and there is already too much weakness among Negroes without that. So Baldwin doesn’t impress most Negroes, even among the few that really know about him, and if he doesn’t impress, he can’t influence."
Loye Mille, Washington correspondent, reporting the words of “a top Harlem Negro leader," 1963.
Hold someone close to you. Wrap them in loving arms. When you see someone who is subject to attack, slander, or criticism, ask God to show you the way that leads to love.
To read about the role of love in the Black Lives Matter movement, visit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alta-starr/to-love-black-lives_b_6744778.html