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Convocation: Reverend Earl Neil

Created 17 January 1992; Published 17 February 2006

Reverend Earl Neil speaks about racism & apartheid in South Africa. He concludes that Church has a significant role in change & justice; we need to take positive action.

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Reverend Earl A. Neil Convocation

January 17, 1992

Introduction by Kgomotso from South Africa (Whizzy)

1957 graduated from Carleton College 1960’s Seminary graduate. 1965 worked closed with Martin Luther King Jr and Spiritual advisor. Executive in Ministry in the Epispicol church in New York. Worked with Desmond Tutu in South Africa and the Anglican church.

Thank President Steven Louis;
Talks of MN and St. Paul as home. Ms. Maxine Gaine the director of the program and Doris Fae
Passage from Dr. Howard Thurman, a black pastor of the first interracial church of the U.S. 1965 he traveled to Africa “On Viewing the Coast of Africa”. Pain of racism and apartheid. Is a reality in South Africa even if slavery is gone here. Talks about words of Isaiah: God understand these people’s troubles but he will grant those who wait for him peace.
Story about the Eagle becoming a chicken from the way farmer raised him. When the eagle was released by the visitor, the farmer threw down chicken feed and the eagle came back down. Talks of early American views of blacks. South African laws dehumanized people. Environment shapes peoples’ views of themselves and their situations.
Governments agenda is to throw chicken feed and to encourage fighting between the blacks. Violence always escalated before any peace initiative. The police does nothing the prevent the massacre. The blacks were used like chicken feed. Then the visitor showed him the rest of the world.
The foundations of apartheid is still in place by 22 laws that keep the black Africans under. The constitution doesn’t allow blacks to vote. The three-house government is the cornerstone of apartheid. It has failed to introduce non-discriminatory legislation. People have lost property and government has not apologized. Children can’t go to school for fear of violence and by boycotting efforts. The education funds are distributed unfairly between the white and black child. In 30 years 3 million blacks were removed from their homes.
The visitor pointed the Eagle to the rising sun and finally the eagle was gone.
Church has a significant role in change and justice in South Africa. Nonracial, nonsexist can only be gained through negotiations. We need to take positive action- because no action doesn’t work.
How does the human spirit accommodate itself to desolation? God calls us to be eagles.

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