Carlyle Fielding Stewart III

Writings on Democracy, Social Justice, and Religion

Category: Social Justice

  • Stop The Lynching of Black Men in America!

    Stop The Lynching of Black Men in America!

    “The attack on black men in this country has its ugly beginnings from the time of slavery through the hanging of “strange fruit” on lynching trees, to present forms of unmitigated violence and police brutality. No matter how prevalent such violence has become we can never accept its normalization. We must continue to work and…

  • Democrats (and Republicans) Must at Least Pursue Impeachment Inquiries To Uncover the Whole Truth.

    Democrats (and Republicans) Must at Least Pursue Impeachment Inquiries To Uncover the Whole Truth.

    America stands at the crossroads of freedom and non-freedom. Will we retain the right to determine our future as a free nation or will we have our future belligerently and arbitrarily trampled afoot by persons preferring to be dictators than compassionate public servants seeking liberty and justice for all? Will we continue as a Democratic…

  • Local Pastors, Leaders And People As Rights Activists and Advocates

    Local Pastors, Leaders And People As Rights Activists and Advocates

    Recently I had the good fortunate to join in discussions about why many Christian pastors are not more strident civil rights activists and advocates. Why aren’t more pastors more actively involved in civil and human rights advocacy locally and nationally? Why don’t pastors preach more sermons on political, social and economic issues to their congregations?…

  • The Case for Colin Kaepernick American Not a S.O.B.

    The Case for Colin Kaepernick American Not a S.O.B.

    The President of the United States of America the most powerful person in the free world made the following remarks the other night in Alabama setting in motion a wave of protests from NFL players across the league. His comments were primarily aimed at African American players like Colin Kaepernick who have openly protested racial…

  • Sometimes You Must Stand Again.

    Sometimes You Must Stand Again.

    It takes a lot to stand up for what we believe in today’s world. Taking a stand can be uncomfortable especially when the things that we stand for makes others angry or rubs them the wrong way. It easy to remain silent in the face of injustices. As Elie Wiesel reminds us, we may not…

  • “A Great Soldier for Justice”

    “A Great Soldier for Justice”

    We will miss the Rev. Angelo B. Henderson, a great soldier for social justice, who worked selflessly for so many in need. At 51 years of age, he passed away last week in his Pontiac home while recovering from leg surgery. Detroit was Rev. Angelo’s “workshop” both when he served on the ministerial staff here…

  • “Turning the Other Cheek and Nonviolence: King, Gandhi and Jesus’ Third Way”

    “Turning the Other Cheek and Nonviolence: King, Gandhi and Jesus’ Third Way”

    Delivered at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, Michigan, Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 20, 2014 Carlyle Fielding Stewart, III We gather today to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr, one of America’s most beloved freedom fighters – whose concern for social justice led him into a variety of…

  • The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – A Leader’s Leader

    The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – A Leader’s Leader

    The nation is preparing to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, which reached its apogee with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream,” speech. As I look out over the political, social and cultural landscape of our beloved country, the United States of America, I am reminded of Dr….

  • Smiley and West.

    Smiley and West.

    Public intellectual and Princeton University Professor Cornel West, and broadcast journalist Tavis Smiley have gone into territories where few black commentators, activists or scholars have been willing to go – critiquing President Barack Obama’s domestic policies and his recent comments on race and the George Zimmerman trial. At a time when it is considered disloyal…

  • “The Fear and Suspicion of Black Men in America.”

    “The Fear and Suspicion of Black Men in America.”

    The exoneration of George Zimmerman in killing Trayvon Martin comes as no surprise to many who understand how unpredictable the outcome of such cases can be. The verdict also comes as no surprise to those familiar with the history of white men acquitted of killing black men in “self-defense” in America. Others are still not…