NATIONAL BAPTIST CONVENTION’S BITTER FALL FROM GRACE

Despite having written and published books, and his opposition to the most well-known civil rights activist in times past, Jackson has not garnered a footnote in history. Many would say it is because of that opposition to Martin Luther King, specifically. After his death in 1990, the statue of J. H. Jackson was removed from the church grounds. Several attempts were made to contact church officials to ask why was the statue removed, but our phone calls and visits were unanswered.

There were a lot of people that disagreed with King, not only J.H. Jackson, Thurgood Marshall, Malcolm X but a host of others. People don’t realize there were a lot of other things going on that had nothing to do with integration. J. H. Jackson was among those who wanted equal protection under the law. He could not understand why someone would allow themselves to be beaten, just to be able to eat next to white people in a restaurant, it made no sense to him.” Says Suggs,

Today, following more than 40 years of integration, some of the individuals who worked for the ouster of J. H. Jackson, have since moved on to political careers, or seats on corporate boards. You can find either them or their children listed as congressmen, state senators or corporate executives for Fortune 500 Companies, amidst a back drop of black neighborhoods infested with poor schools, crime, and the largest population of incarcerated Black men ever.

There may be an attempt to erase the name of J. H. Jackson from history because of his opposition to Martin Luther King. Yet, if King’s dream is alive, so is Jackson’s reality. While Black communities across the nation celebrate King’s dream, ironically, today Black activists proclaim moral standards, better schools, and personal responsibility are the cure for the social ills that plague the Black community. One can’t help but wonder if the spirit of Joseph H. Jackson is saying, ‘I told you so’, or to quote another prominent American, “The chickens have come home to roost.”

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