- Posted May 28, 2012 by
Los Angeles, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
- “Why USC and not a black college, Dr. Dre?”, More Likely, Why Should Dr. Dre do this when the Traditional Black colleges have failed?
- Both Candidates for Mayor of Los Angeles Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti have the Endorcement of Past and Present Black Elected Leaders who are deceitful, hypocrites, and most of all a disgrace to the essence of what it means to be elected officials!
- The Only Individuals Fooled by Obama are Morehouse College Graduates and Other Uniformed Individuals who Respect this Charlatan. President Barack Obama is a liar and a disgrace to the Office of the Presidency!
- Unlike far too many U.S. born Black leaders or other prominent Blacks, other ethnic groups are less likely to betray his or her own community, heritage, trash a career, or be so un-American, deceitful, dysfunctional, and/or treasonous!
- Makia Smith you definitely have more sense than many Black elected officials, black lawyers, multiple members of the Congressional Black Caucus, many Black police officers, and misguided Black nationalists!
HH Brookins is no Hero! Rev. Hamel Hartford Brookins is just another con artist and no good poverty pimping jackleg black preacher who is not worthy of respect and he won't be missed!
Some of the Biggest Thieves in the Black Community are it's Preachers and no good Poverty Pimps!
Rev. Hamel Hartford Brookins is no hero. Rev. Hamel Hartford Brookins is just another no good poverty pimping jackleg black preacher who is not worthy of respect and he won't be missed.
"Unmasking Jesse Jackson"
Q: Was Rev. Abernathy lying?
A: No, Abernathy told the truth, and it is because of Abernathy that we know the truth.
Q: And what is the truth?
A: Jesse Jackson was not up on the balcony. They even tried to show the picture of Jesse Jackson up on the balcony with Martin Luther King. That picture was taken the day before. It was a publicity shot.
Q: As are most of the things that Jesse gets involved in.
A: That’s right. He goes there for the cameras, and you are going to hear that in this story. He was not up on the balcony with Martin Luther King. He was down in the parking lot talking to a bunch of musicians – Ben Branch and others. When the shots rang out, he fled and hid behind the swimming pool area and reappeared 20-30 minutes later when the television cameras arrived on the scene. That’s when Jesse Jackson told other Southern Christian Leadership Conference staffers, “Don’t you talk to the press whatever you do.”
Q: That’s my job!
A: Yes, that’s my job. Nobody had given him that job. He took that job. Call it “entrepreneurial instinct” if you wish, but on the spot he realized that he had an opportunity to spin the events to create his own persona and create a possibility for him to become a leader in the black movement. He had no prospects at that point.
Q: We know there were pictures all over the place of Jesse with blood on his shirt. Given that Jesse was in the parking lot when Dr. King was shot, where did that come from?
A: The next morning, he flew to Chicago and went on the NBC “Today Show.” In the meantime, he had hired a public relations agent. So here is a guy who is in such grief from Martin Luther King’s assassination that he comes back to Chicago and has the presence of mind to have himself taken from interview to interview in a chauffeur-driven car with a P.R. agent. The P.R. agent takes him to the NBC “Today” show, he appears in a shirt that he claims is smeared with Dr. Martin Luther King’s blood and he says on national television, “He died in my arms” – an absolute, patent lie.
When Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, Reverend Jesse Jackson claimed he raced to the scene of the crime, wiped Dr. Martin Luther King's blood on his clothing to state that Martin King died in his arms…..all of which was a hoax, a ploy to promote Reverend Jesse Jackson's image at the expense of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Reverend Jesse Jackson is an ambulance chasing poverty pimp, and no good Reverend HH Brookins who with good reason are not honored by all U.S. born black men, and women.
H.H. Brookins dies at 86; pastor was influential black leader, The mentor to Mayor Tom Bradley, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and others was the bishop and pastor of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Los Angeles.
by Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times, May 24, 2012
The Rev. Hamel Hartford Brookins, an influential bishop and former pastor of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Los Angeles who became a political power broker, civil rights leader and mentor to former Mayor Tom Bradley, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and many others, has died. He was 86.
The son of Mississippi sharecroppers, Brookins rose to prominence in the 1960s and '70s as an articulate, self-assured champion of black political empowerment. He died Tuesday at a Los Angeles retirement center where he had been receiving hospice care, a church spokesman said. Brookins had been ill for some time.
Late in his career, Brookins came under scrutiny for alleged misuse of church and federal funds during his time as the African Methodist Episcopal Church's presiding bishop in Los Angeles. He was dogged by similar allegations during later postings in Washington, D.C., and Arkansas. No charges were ever filed, but in 1993, Brookins resigned under pressure as the church's leader in the Washington region. He remained a bishop of the AME church.
FOR THE RECORD:
H.H. Brookins: In the May 24 LATExtra section, the obituary of the Rev. Hamel Hartford Brookins, former pastor of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Los Angeles, identified two of his survivors as stepchildren: Steven Hartford Brookins and the Rev. Francine Nelson Brookins. In fact, they are Brookins' children; they are stepchildren of his wife, the Rev. Rosalynn Kyle Brookins. —
A freewheeling religious leader with a powerful preaching style, Brookins maintained his home in Los Angeles throughout a career that took him across the United States, and frequently to Africa.
"He really was not only a fantastic religious and spiritual leader, he was a fabulous politician," U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) said Wednesday, noting that hers was one of many political careers Brookins encouraged and fostered.
"His role in the black community and his understanding of how to seek power and influence at a time when we had very little is something that really should be understood and appreciated," Waters said.
In a career spanning more than four decades, Brookins had a knack for witnessing history — or as he once told a Times interviewer: "I've seen it all. And I've been a part of 80% of it."
He marched arm-in-arm with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the civil rights protests of the 1960s and along the way got to know Jackson, then a young lieutenant to King. While assigned to Africa in the mid-1970s, Brookins was banned from what was then white-ruled Rhodesia because of his activism on behalf of the Zimbabwe liberation movement. In 1981, the Zimbabwe government invited him to return for its first presidential inauguration.
Assigned to his denomination's seemingly unglamorous Oklahoma-Arkansas district in the 1980s, Brookins developed a close friendship with Bill Clinton, then governor of Arkansas. When Brookins got married for the second time in 1987, Bill and Hillary Clinton were among the guests.
In 2002, the former president joined elected officials, celebrities and religious leaders at a Beverly Hills hotel to pay tribute to Brookins, praising him for his civil rights legacy and reminiscing about their time in Arkansas.
"I learned a lot by your side, had a lot of good times. But my heart will always be with you, because in sunshine and rain, you were always with me," Clinton said at the Beverly Hilton event. "You helped me make the country a more free, better and united place."
Born in Yazoo City, Miss., on June 8, 1925, Brookins was the seventh of 10 children. He attended tiny Campbell College in Jackson, Miss., and later graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Ohio's Wilberforce University and a bachelor of divinity degree from Payne Theological Seminary in Ohio.
His rise to prominence inside his church and ultimately outside it too, began in Wichita, Kan., where he landed after seminary and short stints at churches in Topeka and Lawrence, Kan. It was 1954, the year the U.S. Supreme Court declared segregated schools unconstitutional in the groundbreaking Brown vs. Board of Education case.
As a clergyman and the first black president of the area's interracial ministerial council, Brookins helped implement a desegregation plan ordered by the court. He spoke out often and became known as a leader.
In 1965, he was transferred to First AME in Los Angeles, the denomination's largest and most prestigious church west of St. Louis.
He quickly became the leader of the civil rights movement in Los Angeles and became the first president of the United Civil Rights Council, an umbrella group of civil rights and religious organizations. After the Watts riots in 1965, Brookins was a key spokesman for the black community, testifying before the various committees examining the unrest and its causes.
But Brookins was also becoming a political kingmaker, with Bradley his most prominent protege.
A few years after his arrival in Southern California, Brookins first helped Bradley win election to a seat on L.A.'s City Council. Then in 1973, with Brookins pushing him all the way, the shy, sometimes politically awkward Bradley was elected Los Angeles' first black mayor. Church and political figures throughout Los Angeles have credited Brookins with shaping Bradley's political career.
Other political figures Brookins advised or supported include former U.S. Rep. Diane Watson of Los Angeles, the first black woman elected to the state Senate, L.A. County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn, Gov. Jerry Brown, and many others seeking local or state office. He worked in presidential campaigns for John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Hubert Humphrey and Jimmy Carter.
And Brookins provided crucial early counsel and support to Waters in her first race for the California Assembly in 1976. "I was considered an upstart and didn't get the support of the unions or the political establishment," she said. "But he embraced me and helped to raise money for me."
Of the bishop's rich baritone and his theatrical style as a preacher, Waters said: "H.H. Brookins was the man. He was the preacher's preacher and many in the AME church, many of the bishops who came behind him, they all tried to copy him."
Pastor of First AME for 13 years, Brookins led the congregation through the construction of a multimillion-dollar cathedral.
But he was later investigated in Los Angeles, and in two other postings, on allegations of financial impropriety involving hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In L.A., city investigators found that Brookins on two occasions in the 1980s had disguised his ownership of an office complex to obtain government renovation loans. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office dropped a criminal investigation of the bishop for fraud and embezzlement, later saying it had erred in doing so before the statute of limitations had elapsed in 1989.
Brookins' survivors include his wife, the Rev. Rosalynn Kyle Brookins, who is the pastor of Walker Temple AME Church in Los Angeles; the couple's son, Sir-Wellington Hartford Brookins; and two stepchildren, Steven Hartford Brookins and the Rev. Francine Nelson Brookins.
Details of services will be announced, a church spokesman said.
Copyright © 2012, Los Angeles Times
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....more likely far too many jackleg black preachers in the contemporary black church have been playing games of deceit, stealing church tidings, moving fast in the wrong direction......that fewer and fewer black men, especially the men, respect the preacher in the pulpit.
As a former member of the Democratic Party, I left the Democratic Party better than a decade ago, because the Democratic Party through an inept elected black leadership and numerous poverty pimping preachers uses the black community for votes, poverty pimping preachers receive gratuities in exchange for delivering the black vote to the Democratic Party, and the black community receives nothing in return but further oppression from these same Democratic Party affiliated leaders, and jurisdictions.
During the horse and buggy era, my Grandfather, Reverend Ely Lofton, was a Methodist minister. He nor the church are like the deceitful preachers and bad churches that exist today. My grandfather spoke several languages. He truly helped people in need, he truly respected the institution of the Church, and would not risk destroying the relationship of the church, his reputation as a reverend, and his relationship to any member of the church, to betray any member of the Methodist Church congregation.