Dad’s Funeral: Final Notes Regarding A Civil Rights Pioneer

By: Lloyd Marcus

The funeral of my dad, Dr. Rev. Lloyd E. Marcus, was July 7, 2018. My sister told everyone she was wearing a yellow dress to Dad’s funeral because we wanted it to be a celebration of Dad’s extraordinary life and homecoming. Yellow represents bright sunshine. She also chose it to represent God’s “Son.” My sister’s idea caught on like wildfire. Surprisingly, several women showed up at Dad’s funeral wearing yellow. I was only able to gather a handful of the lovely ladies for a photo.

God’s grace and timing for Dad’s passing was perfect. Although he was 90, had Dad passed two months earlier, my three brothers, sister and I would have been devastated. Dad was placed into home hospice. Dad outlived two wives. His second wife died in March. As Dad’s health rapidly declined, each of his five kids took shifts taking care of him. The hospice nurse said typically only one child shows up to care for their dying parent.

Whenever my sister spoon fed Dad and whenever us four sons bathed him, Dad told us he was ready, happily anticipating going home to Jesus. This helped us release Dad.

The day before Dad died, all five of us gathered around his bed. Dad appeared unconscious with his eyes closed. Earlier, the hospice nurse told my sister that hearing is the last to go and Dad would be able to hear us. Each of us spoke so dad could hear our voices. We told Dad that he did a great job raising us, we loved him and we would be okay. Dad appeared to give a sigh of relief. From that moment, and I sensed my siblings felt the same, I was at peace with Dad going home. God had graciously prepared us.

The warm united vibe in Dad’s bedroom was amazing. My brother David is not big on making touchy-feely statements. He blurted out, “Thank y’all for being who you are.” I knew what David meant. We were united in love for our father and each other; committed to sending Dad peacefully home.

Around 7 am the next morning, my sister calmly yelled down to me sleeping in the basement, “Hey Peanut, Daddy is gone.” I replied, “Okay.”

When Dad’s health began declining, I knew if we, his 5 kids, did not handle the process correctly, it would haunt us for the rest of our lives. Each of us stepped up and did our part.

Dad’s funeral was a wonderful celebration. Citations were read from Baltimore’s mayor and the Baltimore Fire Department. Pastors and community leaders spoke of how Dad impacted theirs lives, congregations and communities.

About a year ago, I felt compelled to get video of Dad on YouTube for future generations to see and hear him. Grand-kids barely remember my mom who passed 25 years ago. I took Dad and my 4 siblings into a recording studio to record an uptempo version of: “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.” The music producer and engineer were stunned that our 89 year-old Dad recorded his vocal in one take. We produced a music video of the song using family photos. The music video was a huge hit at Dad’s funeral. https://bit.ly/2LzhGyP

Dad was a man of several firsts – Baltimore’s first black paramedic and first black chaplain. The fire department chaplain who spoke at the funeral said Dad was also the first firefighter to become a chaplain, which paved the way for other firefighters to become chaplains.

When I spoke at the funeral, I shared how Dad strove to be excellent and walk in biblical principles despite horrific racist working conditions at Engine 6. Dad could not pour himself a cup of coffee from the same coffeepot as the white firefighters. I said no special concessions (lowered standards) were made because Dad was black. And yet, Dad won “Firefighter of the Year” two times. The audience erupted with applause.

At the reception with food called “the Repass,” one of Dad’s grandsons told me he had no idea of the humiliating racism his grandfather endured as a civil rights trailblazer. He wasn’t sure he could have taken it. The twenty-something year-old said the information gave him as insight into where he came from and who he is as a Marcus.

Black firefighters at the funeral said Dad corralled, encouraged and mentored them to take the test to become firefighters.

A private conversation I had with a gentlemen at the funeral epitomized Dad. The gentlemen said several years ago, he was going through a severe crisis. He knocked on my parent’s front door at 3 am. Rev Marcus opened the door, invited him in, listened and ministered to him. That’s my Dad.

Years ago, a book was popular titled, “Passages.” I never read it, but I feel like I have entered a new passage of my life. With Dad gone, I am the patriarch of our family. Like my 4 siblings, I want to continue making Dad proud.

While in Baltimore for Dad’s funeral, my wife Mary and I stayed at his home. I noticed Dad’s slippers on the floor and put them on my feet. I told Mary, “Wow, I have literally stepped into Dad’s shoes.” God has prepared me for such a time as this.

Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American
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Radical Georgia Commissioner Takes Oath of Office With Black Power Fist And Hand On Malcolm X Bio

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Nestled in the heart of northeast Georgia lies Athens-Clarke County. Georgia has elected a stone-cold racist, radical Marxist to office who took the oath office not on a Bible, but on Malcolm X’s bio while giving a Black Power Fist salute. Mariah Parker is 26 and a hip-hop artist. She won her race by just 13 votes last month. Every vote does indeed matter and shame on Georgia for putting a communist and a racist in office.

Mariah Parker with her right fist raised, placed her left hand on the biography of the controversial Nation of Islam leader who was gunned down in 1965. Parker’s mother proudly held the worn paperback as Parker took the oath of office for the Athens-Clarke County Commission. She then took her seat among the other commissioners. The vote was 638 to 625 and took place on May 22nd.

Parker is also a Georgia doctoral candidate in linguistics and is also known by her hip-hop stage name, Lingua Franca. “My platform centers around economic and racial justice,” Parker told the Red & Black. “The policies of this town have been structured, deliberately, to ensure that a certain class of people will continue to thrive and a certain class of people will continue to not.” So, it wasn’t that the voters weren’t told exactly what this young comrade intended. They either didn’t care or didn’t take it seriously enough.

Parker told the Flagpole that the local black community suffers from lack of resources. “The racists have all the money, still, so it’s economically advantageous to cater to them,” she added to the Flagpole, which noted Parker’s top priority as a commissioner is earmarking 30 percent of Athens’ contracts for black- and Latino-owned companies. Tell me how that isn’t racist? Not to mention Marxist. Well done Georgia… you really screwed the pooch on this one. And it wasn’t just one ‘progressive’ candidate either.

From OnlineAthens:

Kelly Girtz took a commanding lead early and held it in voting for mayor in Athens-Clarke County Tuesday.

Voters ushered in what looks like a new era for Athens-Clarke County on Tuesday, setting the stage for a radically different local government come January, led by the man at the top of the ticket: Kelly Girtz.

Girtz took a commanding lead early and held it in voting for mayor Tuesday. In unofficial results, Girtz got 10,913 votes, 60.4 percent, nearly double the 5,495 total for Harry Sims and far outdistancing Richie Knight’s 1,658.

Girtz, the candidate favored by local political progressives, will preside over an Athens-Clarke Commission with a decidedly more progressive look as well.

The new commission will be more representative of Athens, said District 3 Commissioner Melissa Link, who easily won re-election.

“It’s a real sea change,” said Link after cruising to a second four-year term.

The progressives not only won, but most with big margins. In two races where runoffs seemed likely, the candidate endorsed by the Athens for Everyone organization got more votes than two others combined.

“I was surprised,” said Russell Edwards, who turned back two other candidates for the District 7 seat being vacated by Diane Bell. He had prepared for a runoff, holding much of his campaign back in anticipation of another round.

“I was prepared for a runoff, but we ran a solid campaign,” said Tim Denson, who defeated Jared Bailey, the incumbent, and Danielle Benson for the District 5 commission seat. “I definitely thought winning outright was a possibility; I wasn’t shocked by it.”

Link trounced challenger Tony Eubanks, 1,238 votes to 514, while in District 1, challenger Patrick Davenport unseated incumbent Sharyn Dickerson 1,531 to 1,100, according to unofficial results posted on the Georgia Secretary of State website.

In District 5, Denson got 51.9 percent of the vote to win, tallying 1,198 votes against 567 for Bailey and 543 for Benson.

District 7 winner Edwards took 700 votes, more than Carl Blount (421) and Bill Overend (132) combined.

Ovita Thornton easily turned back Tommy Valentine for the District 9 seat that Girtz is vacating, 748 to 441.

In the special election for Harry Sims’ unexpired term in the commission District 2 seat, Mariah Parker narrowly edged Taylor Pass, 638 to 625.

Looks like Georgia should have heeded Trevor Loudon’s warnings.


Girtz and all of the six winning commission candidates had been endorsed by Athens for Everyone, a group Denson and others formed several years ago to advocate for a more progressive agenda in Athens. They also wanted to get progressive candidates into office. Guess who they are connected to? That’s right… Democratic Socialists of America.

The Root is thrilled:

Parker also takes her place in a burgeoning movement of black, progressive candidates who eschew neoliberalism and embrace the so-called radical politics of economic and social empowerment for marginalized communities, aka power to the people.

The tattooed Parker ran as an unapologetic left-wing progressive saying, “It’s time for bold, progressive leadership in Athens.” “They asked if they would like the Bible and I said no. My mother asked if there was a copy of the Constitution around. No,” Parker told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I wanted Malcolm’s book. I think they saw it coming,” she said. Ya think?

Parker added that Malcolm X is her role model:

Having seen the transformation of someone who came through a difficult background to become vocal and push conversations on race in a radical way is powerful. Then he shifted course and saw race in a different lens as he got older. And the fact that he was arguably killed for his politics. These are things that I want to embrace.

Malcolm’s willingness to uneditedly speak about black people at large, are qualities that I want to embody. To speak out when I see things going wrong.

Per PJ Media, the issues page of her website demonstrate just how far left her ideas actually are. She advocates for fare-free public transit and seeks to add full sidewalks and bike lanes to every street in Athens-Clarke County. She pledges to push for “affordable housing” throughout the county, all while somehow keeping property taxes from going up.

Her question-and-answer session with Athens for Everyone reveals even wilder leftist positions. She favors a ban on single-use plastic bags and rails against the student apartments that have sprung up all around the UGA campus. She has declared war on the state policies that, in her own words, hurt “working women and LGBTQ communities– groups to which I also belong– as well as on Latinx, immigrant communities, and the disabled.” Discrimination and poverty are her largest pet issues, as evidenced by the closing statement in her Athens for Everyone interview:

Though my every policy position is oriented toward the alleviation of poverty, people of color have been purposefully kept poor by discriminatory practices and unjust economic policy, thus the end of poverty and discrimination are inextricably intertwined as my two most important foci as commissioner.

Which is ironic, because she is a racist that hates not only white people and the wealthy who have earned what they have, but police officers as well. When she speaks of discrimination, she is only referring to everyone who is not white. These are the leaders that the Democratic Socialists of America are pushing on Americans and if we don’t fight back, they will be our new Marxist overlords. “Power to the people!” my ass. More like, “Communism for all!”


Daily Caller Exposes NYT ‘Journalists’ Fahim Abed, Jugal Patel As Anti-Israel, Anti-Military

By: Renee Nal | New Zeal

New York Times Journalist Jugal Patel is not a fan of the United States Military

A 2012 tweet from New York Times journalist Jugal Patel is getting attention after it was highlighted at the Daily Caller, where it was also noted that NYT Afghanistan reporter Fahim Abed “has used his Twitter account, once in 2014 and again in 2015, to push an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that the head of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, trained with Israel’s Mossad.”

Find journalists you can trust, and stick with them. If you don’t know the journalist, take the story with a grain of salt. This is a drop in the bucket, but Trevor Loudon has compiled some journalists that were conspiring together on a now-defunct email group called “JournoList” to coordinate hard-left narratives.

You can see them here.


Iranian Officials Admit To Facilitating 9/11 Attacks

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

AP Photo/Gene Boyars, File

It sucks to have been right all these years. I was in Phoenix when 9/11 happened and I will never forget weeping as I saw the towers come down while almost 3,000 Americans perished that day. Now, in the cold comfort of knowing I was right when it happened, Iranian officials have now admitted to facilitating the 9/11 terrorist attacks on that bright, sunny Tuesday morning in September, 2001. They secretly aided the al Qaeda operatives who eventually went on to fly commercial airliners into the Twin Towers in New York City, according to new remarks from a senior Iranian official. This is a poke the American badger moment because we pulled out of the Iranian deal and in the mullahs’ arrogance, they are admitting the murderous truth. Why? Because war is coming between our nations and they don’t care anymore.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, Mohammad-Javad Larijani, an international affairs assistant in Iran’s judiciary, disclosed in Farsi-language remarks broadcast on Iran’s state-controlled television that Iranian intelligence officials secretly helped provide the al Qaeda attackers with passage and gave them refuge in the Islamic Republic, according to an English translation published by Al Arabiya. “Our government agreed not to stamp the passports of some of them because they were on transit flights for two hours, and they were resuming their flights without having their passports stamped. However their movements were under the complete supervision of the Iranian intelligence,” Larijani was quoted as saying. You do get that this admission is an act of war, right? I’m sure President Trump does, or at least he should. You can bet that John Bolton does.

The remarks represent the first time senior Iranian officials have publicly admitted to aiding al Qaeda and playing a direct role in facilitating the 9/11 attacks. The U.S. has long suspected and accused Iran of being part of the attacks. We have fined the Islamic Republic billions over it. That does not even come close to justice here. And do I need to remind Americans that Barack Obama and John Kerry gave billions to the Iranians and got nothing in return for it? They never meant to stop their nuke program or their terrorism… that money funded both and those two will never get the blood off their hands over it.

Larijani admitted that Iranian officials did not stamp the passports of the al Qaeda militants in order to obfuscate their movements and prevent detection by foreign governments. Al Qaeda operatives were also given safe refuge in Iran. I have said from the very beginning that was the case. I have also said we should have hit Iran rather than Iraq first. If we had, the world would be a lot safer today. “The Americans took this as evidence of Iran’s cooperation with al-Qaeda and viewed the passage of an airplane through Iran’s airspace, which had one of the pilots who carried out the attacks and a Hezbollah military leader sitting [next to] him on board, as evidence of direct cooperation with al Qaeda through the Lebanese Hezbollah,” Larijani was quoted as saying in the May 30 interview, which is gaining traction on social media.

From al-Arabiya:

Despite that, Larijani, who is the secretary of the judiciary’s so-called High Council for Human Rights, which is accused by international human rights organizations of violations and cover-ups, in Iran, confirmed that al-Qaeda members were in permanent contact with Iran’s intelligence ministry and that they used Iran in their flights to Afghanistan and other countries.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the architect of the 9/11 terror attack, previously alleged several highjackers transited through the Islamic Republic to Afghanistan because Saudi passports were rarely stamped.

These remarks could possibly serve as further confirmation of the 9/11 Commission’s findings on Iran’s involvement in the attacks.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, who broke the story, the U.S. government has not formally commented on the interview, but did highlight it in an official tweet from the State Department’s Arabic-only Twitter page. The leaders in Iran are consummate liars, but this has the feel of bitter truth. The question is, does Iran feel lucky with President Trump at the helm and Mattis leading the military? And will we at long last cut the head off the Iranian snake and be done with them? Boy, I hope so and soon.