LOOKING UNTO JESUS CHRIST
the auther and finisher of our faith
During Black History Month, the accomplishments of African Americans are highlighted to remind each generation of every ethnicity of our history and our struggle in America; Black history is American History. The truth of our history begins with His-story, Jesus Christ, the true standard of excellence. Jesus teaches us how to endure hardship. Excellence will never be achieved without sacrifice and hard work.
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” (Hebrews 12:2-3)
As we leave our mark on history, let us be intentional in walking in excellence by looking unto Jesus and following His example. Let us build on the foundation that has been laid through maximizing and strengthening what we have through Excellence of Ministry®.
We are blessed with what we have. Let’s make the most of it as we glorify God, edify the body and minister reconciliation to the lost.
SUPREME COURT DECISIONS
IN BLACK HISTORY
Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857): Dred Scott, a slave in Missouri, sued for his freedom on the grounds that he had lived for a time in a "free" territory. The Court ruled against him. Decreed a slave was his master's property and African Americans were not citizens.
Plessy v. Ferguson (1896): Court upheld a Louisiana law requiring restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and other public places to serve African Americans in separate, but supposedly equal, accommodations – the famous "separate but equal" segregation policy.
Brown v. Board of Education (1954): Court ruled unanimously that “…in the field of public education the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.”
1956: The Supreme Court, confirmed segregation of the Montgomery bus system illegal, giving a major victory to Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the thousands of anonymous African Americans who had sustained the bus boycott in the face of violence and intimidation.
Heart of Atlanta Motel, Inc. v. United States (1964): This case challenged the constitutionality of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The court ruled that the motel had no right "to select its guests as it sees fit, free from governmental regulation."
Loving v. Virginia (1967): This decision ruled that the prohibition on interracial marriage was unconstitutional. Sixteen states that still banned interracial marriage at the time were forced to revise their laws.
Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action (2014): The Court upheld Michigan’s state constitutional amendment prohibiting state universities from considering race as part of its admissions process.