The president of the Detroit Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, has warned Liberians to be careful in making decisions that could have an everlasting impact on their lives and those of generations unborn.
He indicated that the decisions one makes determine the individual’s backward or forward march (success or failure in life).
He said Liberia has been through a lot for a very long time, dating back to the inception of the country, and that it is now time that Liberians rise up against all odds to liberate themselves from what he termed as “Slave Heart” which he said has made the country not to reach or not even approach the verge of reaching its potentials.
Dr. Anthony made these comments on Sunday March 6 when he delivered a sermon at the First Presbyterian Church in Careysburg, outside Monrovia. The Detroit is home to the largest chapter of the NAACP in the USA. Dr. Anthony is also the Pastor for that Fellowship Chapel.
He was heading a three-member delegation on a five-day visit to Liberia where they observed the country’s prevailing situation to determine how he could be of help to Liberians.
He said Liberians have been called by many negative names, but it is left with Liberians themselves to determine their own names that they should be called by, noting it to be a country of great potentials.
“You have to define your own destiny. People have been calling you names, but what do you call yourselves? You are made in God’s image and likeness and he gave you the power to rule the earth so you have the power to become who you want to be,” Dr. Anthony said.
“Some of us have free feet, but still got that slave heart, which we need to change from. You need to elevate yourself. You need to move and you need to make the right decision that will liberate you from that state,” he challenged.
He said that some people are satisfied in their situation of perpetual agony, which should not be the case. You should try to liberate yourself from any situation that is not doing you good,” he contended, adding that this is what the African American did. “They were not satisfied in their condition that is why they expressed their dissatisfaction through the civil rights movement-an agenda the NAACP was founded to pursue.
Dr. Anthony did not openly endorse any of the candidates who have declared their intention to contest come 2017. He however said Liberians should not just elect people based on what they say they will do, but rather on what they have done.
He also challenged the church to speak to issues that affect the people and must not remain mute when cardinal national issues that would affect the masses in whatsoever ways are brought about.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the United States. It is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. The NAACP, an interracial organization whose membership is predominantly black, works for the elimination of racial discrimination through lobbying, legal action, and education.