How Prayer Kept Jasper, TX from Disaster by Johnny Baker
Racism in America Alive and Well

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February 1, 2009. This book is great reading for Black History Month. You can use it as a teaching tool showing the history of Black Americans. Racism is alive and well in America. Having a black president helps a little but, many are still angry because he made it to the White House. While Obama was running for President of the US, a young black man was being killed. On Sept. 6, 2008, 24 year old Brandon McCelland was dragged to death under a pickup truck in Paris, TX. Ten years after James Byrd Jr. was killed in Jasper, TX by three white men. The men dragged his body two miles down a back road until he was beheaded. His body left a brown stain eched in that road. America the home of the free and the brave has a race problem. We have a black President for the first time in history and his name is Barack Obama. This book deals with the issue of being black in Jasper, Texas. This book will open your eyes and it will touch your heart. The people of Jasper,TX kept it together and called for prayer. Paris, TX has a problem with the same type of crime. Was the crime a hate crime or not is the question. The stories are true and they will sometimes make you want to cry. Every man and woman in America should read this book to get an understanding on what really happened in Jasper, TX. It was uncovered by God for us to see racism at it?s worst. Read it and it will change your life forever.

About Johnny Baker

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The author of this book is a young black man who has loved Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. since he was a youth. He is a writer that writes his thoughts on paper and wishes America would become a non-racist world. He grew up in a small town that was predominantly white and he was treated well most of the time by those in his town. He became a minister in 1984 shortly after he graduated from high school. He married his wife of 22 years and they have two daughters.  He attended Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, TX and started a career in the field of education. He graduated from college in 1994 and became the head baseball coach for the Big Sandy Wildcats in Big Sandy, Texas. He began coaching boys and girls’ basketball, football for the Wildcats. He worked in the elementary school teaching science and social studies to sixth grade students. He taught school for three years in Big Sandy,TX. During his second year of teaching, he opened his own Bar-B-Que Restaurant in the downtown area. It was near the only traffic light in town. He hired about six of his students, players, and family members to open the restaurant. There he faced  racism at his business in downtown Big Sandy, TX. In the summer of 1997, he moved out the area to Jasper, TX to teach 4th grade at Rowe Elementary School. While in Jasper, he started a church out of his apartment called Spiritual Temple Powerhouse C.O.G.I.C. It later grew to over 100 members. He is presently teaching and coaching at Palestine Middle School in Palestine, TX, . He pastors the Spiritual Temple Church of God in Christ in Frankston, TX.
Published June 25, 2008 by AuthorHouse. 128 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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