Picnic Perspectives: Interview with Winston Pearson

| July 15, 2013

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Eric Hackley: Why are events like this Frost Illustrated picnic a good thing for Fort Wayne’s Black Community?

Winston Pearson: This is good for the youth because it gives them someplace where they can go to be with people who look like them. They also see games their parents use to play and they see unity in practice. This is very important and as a matter of fact, I’m enjoying myself now.

EH: A lot of young blacks have never seen blacks come together to make any type of substantial change in Fort Wayne.

Winston Pearson: I don’t want to put all black people in one boat. A lot of young black people haven’t seen it but it doesn’t mean it isn’t going on. As you can see today, we have blacks coming together. The more we do this, the more and more people will come out. This is the beginning of what’s about to come. Blacks are starting to stand up, we’re getting more educated and young people are seeing what the streets are doing and they’re not liking it. Don’t get me wrong, we have rotten apples, but even with that, there’s help with them. Within all nationalities, there are rotten apples who commit to violence and do the things they shouldn’t do. But, I see hope for us. I see us coming up.

EH: Who is going to promote the need for blacks come together?

Winston Pearson: I would like to look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Number one, our foundation has got to be on the Lord Jesus Christ, of course that’s my opinion. Once we put his as our foundation and lean to him, every else will fall into place. Dr. Martin Luther King was big on our Lord and Savior. He just didn’t do things on his own. He allowed the Lord to speak to him. It was an anointing behind him. The anointing taught him how to draw people together. A lot of people want to be the big Chief, but there are no Indians. I say that because the Lord gives a man a vision and he spreads it. We should all come together. Just because it’s not my vision doesn’t mean we can’t come together and do it.

EH: So therefore, there must be no visioning going on because the Supreme Court has forgotten the meaning of justice, and slave mentality has become perpetual, Jesus isn’t here right now and we see no galvanization taking place among blacks.

Winston Pearson: Well, I would like to say this with all due respect. I could care less about the Willie Lynch letter. I rebuke that in the name of Jesus for the simple fact that the Lord says faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen. So, even though I can’t see it, I know we’re going some place. Just because we see a couple fall to guns, the prison system or Supreme Court justices, God has the final say. I say that we should keep doing what we know is right. Keep pushing and if anything that comes along and comes against us, if we all band together and pray, which is another thing the reverends of the 1960s did, things will work out. The community and the leaders prayed together. And, they just didn’t march to march—they had Jesus as their base. The love of Christ makes you reach out to your brothers and your sisters.

EH: Is that message strong enough to attract young people? 

Winston Pearson: It is, but I know it also starts with the elders. A lot of older men and women are scared.

EH: Why?

Winston Pearson: Because it’s something new. They feel young people don’t have any God in them and that young people have no respect. Part of that is the elders fought because we have swayed away from our roots our foundation. Mothers are younger now having children. Thirty-year-olds are grandmothers. When I was growing up, my grandmother instilled values in my mother. My mother instilled values in me and now it’s like there’s no foundation. Everyone’s out here freelancing, doing what they want. We need to have faith and keep holding on. Will it be hard? yes! But anything worth anything is worth waiting for. God bless you.

This article originally appeared in the July 10 print edition.

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Eric Hackley is a veteran independent journalist, television show host and producer focusing largely on history, particularly family history in the black community. His award-winning public access television shows have featured a host of local and national icons. Hackley can be contacted at hackonomicstv@gmail.com.

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