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The Rev Martin Luther King had a incredible gift of communication we preachers today need to take note and ask God to enable us to do the same. Dr. Kings timeless messages speak directly to the social ills today and we see that clearly in his sermon "The drum Major Instinct." Certainly theentitlement mentality would be eradicated if those whom are deluded by it would incline their ear to this provocative homily. Dr. King also shows his willingness to be literally a living sacrifice for the cause of civil rights in America. Martin chooses to give instruction about his funeral arrangements and what he would like to be said. This presentation is revelatory to the hearer of what they should find to be significant in life and what we should pursue while yet in the land of the living
"When The Drum Major Died" by Anjulle Floyd
Martin Luther King, Jr. has begun laying out plans for his Poor People’s Campaign. Florina Austin, newly married, spies a woman sitting on the steps leading up to the verandah where Florina and her husband will live. The woman’s uncanny knowledge of the space that Florina will inhabit leaves her suspicious.
The following Sunday after church, Florina witnesses the woman, she has come to know as Agnes, caress Redmond’s cheek. The look in Redmond’s eyes betrays longing. Florina and Agnes are neighbors. Their husbands, Negro doctors in Poinsettia, NC, hold prominent positions in the social and political life of their community. When Agnes flees to Memphis and joins the Sanitation Workers Protests, all are aghast, none more than Florina. As they move towards the fateful day Dr. Martin Luther King is killed, Florina learns that marriage exposes the vulnerabilities of all who pledge their trough and body. It casts an even greater shadow upon the ones who vow love unto death, and do not deliver what they have promised. When the Drum Major Died shows what happens when we resist change in favor of worn out tradition, but also what can and does occur when we open our hearts and embrace the words, “ … be first in love … be first in generosity … He who is greatest among you shall be your servant. …”
Major Tillery stood up to the prison administration: he confronted them in no uncertain terms, noting that Mumia must get to the hospital in time - before he dies. SCI Mahanory Superintendent Kerestes told Major to mind his own business, to which Major replied 'Mumia is my business'. Please join us in standing in solidarity with Major Tillery,who has been transferred and put in solitary confinement as punishment for demanding that Mumia receive medical care.
1. Call prison officials to demand that Major Tillery be released from solitary confinement!
Superintendent Brenda Tritt, SCI Frackville (570) 874-4516
Dept. Of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel (717) 728-4109
State that you are calling about Major Tillery #AM9786, to demand he be released from the RHU and placed back in general population.
Inform them that you aware that he is in the hole and being denied medication in retaliation for speaking up for another prisoner.
2. Write Major a letter of solidarity:
Dear Major Tillery,
We honor your brave act of solidarity on behalf of Mumia Abu-Jamal. You urged him to seek medical care and challenged the Prison Superintendent to protect his life. You helped save the life of a fellow prisoner and for that act of solidarity they are trying to bury you in the bowels of SCI Frackville under false charges. No matter how hard they try they cannot hide you under the weight of lies and intimidation. The power of the truth must come to light. Thank you Major Tillery for your courageous service. We salute you!
Major George Tillery AM 9786 SCI
Frackville, 1111 Altamont Blvd
Frackville, PA 17931
Who but a psychologist could see into the inner workings of someone's mind deeply enough to truly know what motivates, dumbfounds and drives a character? Saturday, September 20 at 11am/EST, psychologist, Anjuelle Floyd, addresses these and other probing issues right here on Off The Shelf talk radio. Floyd will also discuss her novels When The Drum Major Died, The House, Keeper of Secrets and Seasons of Purdah.
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