Although, many African Americans are looking forward to the upcoming Martin Luther King Holiday, a NC minister is launching a search for “The New African American Hero.”
Minister Paul Scott, founder of the Durham NC based , Messianic Afrikan Nation says that based on the recent rebellions across the country following the police murders of Eric Garner and Michael Brown that King’s model of “racial harmony” and “nonviolence” is no longer embraced by black youth and perhaps it is time to pick another Black hero to whom to dedicate a holiday.
“Black people never picked Martin Luther King to be our eternal leader, white folk did that,” says Scott. “It’s time for us to pick our own heroes.”
Scott is asking African Americans to post their nominations on Twitter, Youtube and Facebook posts under the hash-tag #newblackhero and on Monday January 19 (MLK Day) , he is asking that the black community name a new black role model for the youth.
“For the younger Hip Hop generation Tupac Shakur is more of a martyr than Martin King , says Scott. “In 2015, a slain rapper is more relevant than a slain reverend.”
Paul Scott is a minster, activist and Hip Hop writer. He has appeared on Fox News, MSNBC and talk shows across the country discussing race, rap and religion. He is also a contributing author to the anthology, “Hip Hop and the Black Church: Towards Bridging a Generational Gap.” Scott can be reached at (919) 972-8305 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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