WASHINGTON — Black History Month is coming to a close, but the month wasn’t without controversy.
WTOP’s Stephanie Gaines-Bryant talked to Rev. Randy Callender, rector of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Annapolis, Maryland, about activism today and the activism of the 1950s and ‘60s.
“Today, with what’s going on with our youth and young adults, young people are just as outspoken and moving the movement — just as in the civil rights movement, when young people were leading and moving that movement,” says Callender. “The difference between then and now is social media.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Malcolm X and Thurgood Marshall were all faces of the modern civil rights movement. There were also others who fought just as tirelessly for social justice whose names we’ll never know.
Callender says today’s social media gives everyday people a voice.
“Today, with social media, sometimes you can get some of the other voices to be heard quickly if someone is being abused or if someone has a message that is powerful,” Callender says.
As for where we go from here, Callender says the next step involves our hearts.
“I believe that we need to learn about love,” says Callender. “One of the quotes that I like to throw out a lot — I call it the Gospel of Jimi Hendrix — ‘When the power of love overcomes the love of power, only then will the world know peace.’”
Callender is a member of the Union of Black Episcopalians, and mentors minority youth at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church.