Trump signs law to honor 200th anniversary of Frederick Douglass' birth

This is an undated photo of abolitionist Frederick Douglass. | AP Photo

This is an undated photo of abolitionist Frederick Douglass. | AP Photo

The law, which sailed through the House and Senate in recent weeks, will establish a federal panel to carry out the upcoming festivities to honor Douglass.

By CRISTIANO LIMA 11/02/2017 06:21 PM EDT

President Donald Trump on Thursday signed legislation to create a commission for planning celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass, the escaped slave who became an orator, statesman and leader of the abolitionist movement — and who the president seemed to imply was still alive earlier this year.

The law, which sailed through the House and Senate in recent weeks, will establish a federal panel to carry out the upcoming festivities to honor Douglass, who was born in February 1818 in Maryland and lived in the Anacostia region of Washington.

“Our Nation rightly honors the life of Mr. Douglass, a former slave who became an outstanding orator and a leader of the abolitionist movement,” Trump said in a statement released by the White House press secretary’s office Thursday.

We Got Your Back Jack

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October 24, 2017

Baking cakes can be a dangerous line of work these days. It's certainly no industry for cowards, as Edie and David Delorme, Aaron and Melissa Klein, Victoria Childress, and Jack Phillips will attest. In the last few years, their families have gone from selling confections to defending their convictions in court. They've been vandalized, threatened, fined, mocked, and sued for one reason: they dared to believe the First Amendment applies to them.

Now, almost a decade into this clash between religious liberty and same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court will decide if they're right. On December 5, Masterpiece Cakes's Jack Phillips will stand before America's nine justices -- a representative of the countless Christian wedding vendors who've been persecuted for their faith. He'll ask for the same freedom our forefathers fought and even died to give him -- the freedom to live and work according to his beliefs. When he does, he'll have the support of the nation, according to polls. But just as importantly, Jack will have the support of several African Americans.

Yesterday, a group of black leaders made that quite clear in a special press conference on the steps of the Supreme Court. Tired of hearing the LGBT community compare its experience to the real suffering of the civil rights movement, church and civic leaders decided to speak out about why Jack's case matters. FRC's Dean Nelson and FRC Action's Patrina Mosley spoke, sharing deeply personal stories about the pain and prejudice their families experienced over the color of their skin. Patrina talked about how insulting it is to hear LGBT activists equate their "persecution" to generations of African Americans.

The LGBT community has always been served, she pointed out -- even in places like Masterpiece Cakes. And like so many other Christian wedding vendors, Jack offered to sell the men a cake. He just said he couldn't customize it the way they wanted without violating his faith. And for that, he's being hauled before courts and civil rights commissions, forced to undergo "reeducation training," and ordered to pay thousands of dollars in damages. As Patrina says:

"What the LGBTQ activists fail to realize as they try equate their 'struggle' with the civil rights movement is that the civil rights movement was born out of the very conscience they are trying to quench. And that conscience is 'that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,' and those rights include the free exercise and expression of religion, convictions and conscience. This right is guaranteed to every American. As millennials like to say, 'Can't we all just coexist?' Well, the very nature of the First Amendment is the freedom to coexist."

Perhaps the greatest irony, Dean Nelson explained, is that if anyone can identify with what African Americans went through, it's Jack. "To be honest, if I think about it deeply, he is probably a modern representation of someone who went through what African-Americans actually went through. He simply wants to live his life peaceably, to conduct himself and run his business without being bothered. But yet, he is subjugated and ostracized simply because of what he believes. If [more people] knew his story, [they] would understand that he is the furthest thing [from prejudiced]."

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. called his brave volunteers an army, Patrina said, but "an army whose allegiance was to God... it was an army that would sing but not slay... no arsenal except its faith, no currency but its conscience." That currency is for everyone. Let's pray the Supreme Court agrees. For more on the movement to support Masterpiece Cakes, check out

Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.

Up From Slavery

"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."
- Booker T. Washington

Up From Slavery

The 100 year period from Emancipation and the passage of the 13th Amendment, to the start of the Civil Rights era is something that Americans in general, and we American Blacks in particular, need to be re-educated, or better educated about. While the "African-American" sub-culture of the post Civil Rights era has little-to-nothing that we can or should be proud of, the PROGRESS of American Blacksprior to that is nothing short of astounding. ~Unhyphenated America

"Men may make laws to hinder and fetter the ballot, but men cannot make laws that will bind or retard the growth of manhood.
We went into slavery a piece of property; we came out American citizens. We went into slavery pagans; we came out Christians. We went into slavery without a language; we came out speaking the proud Anglo-Saxon tongue. We went into slavery with slave chains clanking about our wrists; we came out with the American ballot in our hands.

Progress, progress is the law of nature; under God it shall be our eternal guiding star." ~ THAT DUDE,Booker T. Washington.
'The Problems of the Colored Race in the South,' lecture, Hamilton Club, Chicago (10 December 1895)

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Mary Mary’s Tina Campbell Says She Voted for Donald Trump Because of His Christian Values

Tina Campbell

Tina Campbell, 1/2 of Mary Mary, is defending her decision to vote for Donald Trump.

Back in January, Tina wrote an open letter encouraging everyone to support and pray for Donald — but she didn’t explicitly say she voted for him.

Now, in an interview with The Root, Tina says she voted for Donald because she felt his Christian values aligned with hers.

“I had a perspective. I had a feeling. And I put it out there. I know there’s some people who don’t agree. I do not agree with a lot of the decisions that this man makes. And I made that very clear in my statement.

“I was faced with two presidential candidates that I really did not approve of,” Campbell elaborated. “And so I had to find something, a commonality with one of them, that would make me feel like if I have to vote, I should utilize my right to vote. Since I don’t prefer either of them, what can I find that would make me vote? And some of Donald Trump’s views on Christianity, honestly, is what caused me to vote for him.


Immediate Release – Alveda King speaks in Kansas City, MO

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Exploring the Value and Dignity of Black Americans
Kansas City, Missouri. Sept 5th, 2017 – DON’T MISS THIS CRUCIAL MEETING! Calling all like-minded Christian leaders – business, civic, clergy, organizations, intercessors, school administrators, parents and laity. Let’s dig deep into black history in America, social justice, and the cultural-information campaign designed to disrupt our Judeo-Christian values.
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  •  Alveda King, Niece of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther Ling, Jr. - speaks about the Black Life Coalition
  •  Ken Ham, President, The Ark Encounter/KY – speak to One Race, One Blood
  • Pastor Stephen Broden, President, Protect Life and Marriage/TX – speak on stealth Jihad and Pawns of Change
  • Dumisani Washington, National Diversity Coordinator for Christians Untied for Israel (CUFI); Dir;, Inst. For Black Solidarity with Israel – speaks on Black Solidarity and Israel
  •  Reverend Walter Hoye II, Founder, Issues4Life Foundation; Frederick Douglass Foundation/CA – speaks on true Black History in America
  • Special Award Recipient, Dr. William Swoope, DMV, Attended church with Dr. Rev Martin Luther King as his pastor receives Lifetime Community Service Award. 

We are calling Kansas City’s local community leaders together to dialogue and collaborate as we take a hard look at local and national events these last tumultuous decades. This is our opportunity to count ourselves in and be part of something bigger than what any one of us can do alone.

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The tragic event that took place in Cleveland on Easter Sunday haunts me. I know all too well the importance of the presence of the father and patriarch in the family.

Steve Stephens, a 37-year-old man saddled with gambling debt and grieving the loss of a longtime girlfriend, took it upon himself to unleash his personal pain on a father, a grandfather, and a great grandfather. That patriarch, Mr. Robert Godwin, Sr., was a 74-year-old retiree who was picking up discarded aluminum cans after having Easter dinner with his family when he was approached by Stephens, who asked him if he knew his girlfriend, Joy Lane. He then told Mr. Godwin to repeat her name, and with coldness of heart, he shot Mr. Godwin at point-blank range, telling him it was because of his estranged girlfriend. Stephens recorded the whole gruesome event and played it on Facebook Live, stating as he pulled up in his car that he was going to “kill this old guy.”

As the nationwide manhunt ensued, it occurred to me that while members of both Mr. Godwin’s and Stephens’ family were being interviewed by media, no mention was made of Stephens’ father. They interviewed his mother, Maggie Green, who said Stephens had visited her prior to the event and said goodbye and that it would be the last time she would see him. She told the press that she told him to “not go and do anything stupid.”

As I pondered on the horrid event, I watched how Mr. Godwin’s family rallied together when they heard the news. I watched as a local Fox affiliate interviewed one family member after another -- his son, Robert, Jr., his daughter, Debbie, even his grandchildren -- who all expressed the love they had for their patriarch. Mr. Godwin had nine children, 14 grandchildren, and multiple great-grandchildren. It’s obvious they all loved him deeply, and it was evident in the pain shown on their faces and in their voices that his death is a tragic loss.

Now contrast that with the murderer, Steve Stephens. No doubt a loss to his family as well, including his estranged girlfriend, who said he was good to her children. His mother, friends, and associates have also expressed their sadness at his heinous act and eventual suicide.

All week I have asked myself, “Where was his father? Why hadn’t he been interviewed? Why hadn’t he called out through the media for his son to surrender?” I scoured the Web for any reference to his dad’s presence in his life, but I could find nothing.

Stephens was obviously a troubled young man. Mounting gambling debts, bankruptcy, and the breakup with his longtime girlfriend were no doubt troubling him. He mentioned in his Facebook ramblings that even his mother didn’t care.

I sense the core of Stephens’ issues was his inability to navigate the rougher patches in life, or what I call critical thinking. I was taught critical thinking by my father. He taught me how to stand firm during difficult circumstances and to “calm down and think things through, Son.” My father also taught me by example. I watched him do that “man thing” day in day and out during my formative years.

I remember when I was in my 30s and a budding entrepreneur, I had fallen in love with a beautiful young lady who seemed to adore me. But of late, our relationship had gotten rocky, and she eventually broke up with me. Distraught, I asked my father, “Do you think she loved me?” He put his arm around my shoulder, chuckled, and told me, “Yeah, I think she loved you, Son. She just didn’t love the fact you didn’t have any money anymore.” You see, our business had fallen on hard times, and my business partner and I had to tighten our belts. So I could no longer afford to take her to dinner at fancy restaurants or buy her nice things. My dad then gave me a big hug and told me I would hurt for a little bit, but I would be alright. He was right; I got over the hurt and moved on with my young life and learned that no matter how bad I felt or how I had been wronged, this too would pass. He taught me to learn from my mistakes and persevere. And that is the key to a successful life.

My dad coached me through many rough patches in my life and still coaches me today. One of his favorite sayings is, “You have bigger fish to fry, Son. Don’t sweat the small stuff.” That was/is his way of telling me to stay focused on my goals. His keys to success are simple and what I live by today: 1. Faith in God, 2. Stay focused on your goals, and 3. Don’t sweat the small stuff (because you have bigger fish to fry).

If I were Stephens’ father, I would have been shouting from the rooftops and on every channel on TV, “Son, turn yourself in. You have bigger fish to fry.” Better yet, If I had been Stephens’ father, I don't think he would have ever committed that heinous crime in the first place, because I would have taught him critical thinking from the time he was a little boy. I would have taught him my dad’s three keys to success.

Prayers for both the Godwin and the Stephens family for strength, healing, and forgiveness. This tragic event is the byproduct of the fatherless generation.