Herbert Daughtry


Called the “People’s Pastor” for his long activist career, Herbert Daughtry in 1953 was convicted of armed robbery and assault charges. In prison, he had a religious conversion to Pentecostalism which led him to become a pastor in Brooklyn, New York.

In 1980 Daughtry helped establish the National Black United Front, which helped organize the national campaign for reparations and has worked alongside the New Black Panthers. In 1982 he founded the African People’s Organization, which teaches the black origins of Christianity. In 1984 Daughtry became a special assistant to Jesse Jackson during the latter’s presidential campaign. He has also helped organize a number of initiatives with Al Sharpton, particularly the 2006-2008 demonstrations protesting a police shooting of a young black man in New York City.

A fervent proponent of Black Liberation Theology, Daughtry has served in a number of prominent positions with the World Council of Churches. He also has been one of the principal leaders of the reparations-for-slavery movement in America. His church in Brooklyn is adorned with a banner for slavery reparations, proclaiming, “They Owe Us.”

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  • http://portia.blogspot.com Portia Mcclain

    Pastor Daughtry my name is Portia McClain I am currently living in Minneapolis MN. I just happened to stumble across an article on Ebonics with some very negative comments about Ebonics which made me angry. I needed to get in touch with you to express my feelings about what you were trying to do and to ask if this is something you are still involved in. First of all I am very happy that you are in favor of educating teachers on the issue of Ebonics it is one of the most important things that can happen for African American Children. This something that I work on everyday of my life. I am a 64 year old African American female who quit school because of the way I spoke and was ashamed of the way my family spoke that was the way they made me feel and that is the way they who teach our children make our children feel. we should not continue to allow this to happen to our children (to feel inferior) I grew up with two women in my family who were slaves they past away when i was 17 and 26 years old I experienced the evolution of the language (African American English) I also dropped out of school because I didn't want to be in a place that did not respect who I was and made me feel like I inadequate as a human being after all I grew up with proud people who I loved I respected and no one was going to make me be ashamed. i did return to school went to college and on to graduate school. I majored in Education and Ebonics, English and Linguistics and Youth Development Leadership. My goal has always been to train teachers about Ebonics and how to use it to teach children to speak America Standard English with out taking away their historical and community language. This is imperative because our children are not going to give up their language because it is an identity tool for them that separates them for others. The other thing is our children don't understand the difference between African American English and Standard English and this is what needs to be taught to students and teachers. If teachers don't understand they can not help students who speak African American English. I do staff development on Ebonics to help teachers who are ignorant to the subject and the language to give them tools to help students be successful. What has happened is the students have had less behavior issues and better grades. In 1995 I petitioned the University of Minnesota to allow me to study Ebonics as a second language requirement that request was denied I had to appeal the denial and sit before scholastic committee members of English and linguistics and convince them as to why I should be allowed to to this. My reasons were one it is my cultural language and I have been forced to learn about white peoples culture all of my life and secondly I was paying for this education and should be allowed to study what I wanted to study and third I wanted to be able to help others like myself. I received a letter back stating that the scholastic committee approved my request. So you see it is worth the fight to continue on for our children because I believe if our children knew the history of what it is they speak they will take pride in it and would be more willing and open to learning and speaking Standard English, they will then know they don't have to change who they are to be someone else. Since I have been educating students about the history of the language and the difference between the two they have been able to understand how to code switch back and forth and when to use African American English now they feel they are bi-lingual. What I have been able to accomplished working with students has given me a sense of accomplishment and I hope this will inspire you not to give up trying to get the powers that be to train teachers to understand what African American English it can make a huge difference in the lives of African American children.

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