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From the Desk of Joe E. Benton, Immediate Past President of NABSW

Friday, June 26, 2015   (5 Comments)
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From the Desk of Joe E. Benton, Immediate Past President of NABSW

Please forgive my tardiness in response to the murder of two of my long time friends, Senator and Reverend Clementa Pinckney and Reverend Daniel Simmons. I worked and shared time with both men, Clementa, in my role as lobbyist of our General Assembly and even more closely when I was Special Assistant to the AME Bishop and Clementa was the youngest Elder in the 7th. Episcopal District of the AME Church.

Dan, I have known since he dated my wife’s college roommate and one of her best friends, my son and his children were playmates, his home is a block away. I was there when Reverend Middleton became ordained, her grandfather is a long time associate and friend and Ms. Hurd and I were on many committees together, in the Charleston area. I have been reflecting on my friends and family who tragically died violently by the hands of deranged strangers and recall the helpless feeling of grief and sorrow.

As I prepare myself to attend the public viewing of Clementa Pinckney, at the statehouse in South Carolina, I encourage each of you to pray for our family, friends and loved ones who senselessly died violently in Charleston’s Mother Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and will continue to die throughout this country daily, unless we take a firm stance against racists and racism. We need to remain ever vigilant in the cause of making "Black lives matter” as part of respect for us as human beings.

I will continually fight toward that end, as long as there is breath and a prayer within me.

Joe E. Benton


Jacquelyn Jenkins Nash says...
Posted Monday, July 20, 2015
Joe, you are correct these are perilous times, but I must keep in mind that nothing happens to us by happenstance. We are children of God and must be willing to make sacrifices for Him. The death of our Brothers and Sisters woke us up to the fact that the fight for our freedom and respect is not over. I am with you in the fight with renewed energy to the end. Jackie Nash
Gloria Scott says...
Posted Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Dear Joe, Thank you for sharing. I will continue to keep you and the families in prayer. Gloria Scott
Anyika K. Nkululeko says...
Posted Friday, July 10, 2015
Nana Joe, we must continue our fight to destroy both the internal & external Maafa while simultaneously building, rekindling & strengthening our Afrikan Spirits. My sincere prayers to your friends & their families for your friends are my friends.
Roxanne Ellis-Denby says...
Posted Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Joe my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family members who were impacted by this senseless act of violence. Roxanne
Ruth E. Vaughn says...
Posted Saturday, June 27, 2015
Thanks, Joe, for this. I am thinking of you during this difficult period; your involvement in issues such as this is one reason I was happy you agreed to run for NABSw president. Ruth Vaughn

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