Visionaries transformed their dreams

So 100 years later we can’t destroy their dreams must become a reality in all aspects. Our forefathers were well disciplined, and had confidence. So their dreams became a reality.

Time waits on no one, it’s a new day; but we are keeping the faith. Our goal as a community is to realize our rigorous preparation for our Centennial will define as evidence that the suffering of our ancestors was of great worth, for the foundation it laid is where we stand today.

Racism is still alive and still encountered on a daily basis. But it is easier to suffer or fail on your own merit than it is to be judged solely on your race.

Although we are having our own Centennial in Idlewild in 2012, this year marks the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of the Civil War.

In our African American history there have been some imprints that had a bearing on our journey in America.

n The Stone River Rebellion. In South Carolina in 1739 blacks rebelled, secured arms, and killed a number of whites as they attempted to join the Spanish in Florida. The result was that South Carolina passed a very rigid Slave Code that was used as a pattern for other states until the Civil War.

n The Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution guaranteed certain freedoms.

n The 1896 Plessey vs Ferguson decision that sanctioned the separate but equal doctrine and ushered in the era of Jim Crow laws.

n The 1954 Brown vs Board of Education decision that ended legal segregation.

n In 2008 Barack Obama became the first African American President of the United States.

Idlewild has a history that is unbelievable, but we have gone too far to turn back. We are a community in Yates Township, Lake County with a solid foundation, and well recognized.

It’s up to our Centennial committee not only to look back, but also to show the world we are qualified to move forward.

Faith is a virtue.

William McClure is a member of the Black Journalists of America.