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The Words Of Bishop Joseph Johnson

 

The Rev. Dr. Joseph Johnson was both a preacher and a scholar. We wanted to share his words, from several of his writings, on our website, to better acquaint you with the mind of the man after whom the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center is named.

“In every realm of human life we are forced to make a decision. We must choose between altruism or self-centeredness, character or reputation.”
-Proclamation Theology

“You see education depends not so much on putting knowledge into the child’s mind as drawing forth power by the exercise of the mind.”
-The Soul of the Black Preacher

“Every time we choose the difficult right rather than the easy wrong we gain our lives. Every time we sacrifice easy and comfort to do service to our fellows we gain our lives. Every time we say a kind word and do a loving deed we gain our lives. Our lives will grow and expand on loving and kindness and sacrifice.”
-The Soul of the Black Preacher

“If we sow the seeds of disloyalty, distrust and hatred in our national life, we will reap exactly and precisely what we have sowed- disloyalty, distrust and hatred. If we plant in the field of our society the seeds of prejudice and racism we will produce a society which is racist and prejudiced in its very essence and nature..”
-The Soul of the Black Preacher

“Soul is strength, ability, power, life, love, victory, freedom- the essential ingredients of the black man’s life without which he would have been crushed and annihilated.”
-The Soul of the Black Preacher

“Soul is the ability to use creatively the destructive powers of a racist American society for the development of a tough faith, and undying hope and unconquerable love..”
-The Soul of the Black Preacher

“Let us not think we can show hate and reap love: that we can sow self centeredness and reap altruism.”
-The Soul of the Black Preacher

“Beyondness is a unique dimension of the human spirit. It expresses a reaching beyond the point of arrival.”
-The Soul of the Black Preacher