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James Baylark National Leadership

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Rev. James Baylark, Head of the Riverside Branch of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), is once again getting a head start on the process of citizen involvement by recently hosting a town hall meeting focusing on voter education.

This could be one of the reasons why he was nominated to head the National Board of the SCLC out of Atlanta, Georgia. The SCLC is the organization founded by the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. When I mentioned to Rev. Baylark that it was an honor to receive this recognition, he responded, “Bro. Brown, all I want to do is pastor a church and preach God’s word.” I said, that is what King said when they came to him to lead the protest to get Rosa Parks out of jail; and, as you know the rest is history. Like Dr. Martin Luther King, all one has to have is a desire to do good and then do the best that he/she can with what God has given them.

These good deeds have not gone unnoticed in Baylark’s case. In small communities, we have people heading local chapters of the NAACP, NCNW, pastoring local churches, serving as presidents of sororities, fraternities, lodges, chambers of commerce and other organizations. The question is, how many have been nominated for national leadership?

Do we sometimes think that we come from too small of a town or no one would listen to us? During the time of Jesus, the question of the day was could anything good come out of Nazareth? No one heard of David until Samuel located this small stature of a boy guarding sheep. Not many people heard of Montgomery, Alabama before the bus boycott. Not many people heard of Greensboro, North Carolina before students had a “sit-in at the counter.”

I say all of this to congratulate Rev. Baylark and to motivate all of us that, regardless of our location or status in life, we can be anything we want to be. Be all that you can be because somebody is watching your works or non-works. Rev. Baylark does not even know who nominated him but somebody noticed the work he is doing in Riverside County and said he has guts, backbone and know-how.

Jackie Robinson couldn’t understand why he was selected to be the first Black American to play professional baseball since there were better Black players than himself in the Negro League. Gideon is still trying to figure out why he was selected to fight a battle when others were more qualified than he. Paul is still trying to figure out why he was selected to preach the Gospel since he killed so many Christians. Some things we will never completely understand but just learn to dribble the ball when it is thrown to us. Rev. Baylark, you will have to learn to preach to a bigger audience if selected to be the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

To contact Hardy Brown email: hardybrown@blackvoicenews.com or call (909) 888-5040.

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