To the Editor,
No man walks in darkness who has seen the face of freedom and no man lives in vain who seeks the truth.” So said Randolph Umberger, the author of “Strike at the Wind!”
When Derek Lowery, Hope St. Pierre, Carnell Locklear, Julian Ransom, Dora Lee Chavis, Mag Lowry and Robert Bryant opened that first night of “Strike At The Wind!”, they honored strong Lumbee people. The story they told was of a man and a people who opposed oppression and moved fear out of the way of doing what was right.
I believe that if Derek and Hope were here today they would be standing with The Lumbee Revolution — “Lumbee People Today Moving Toward A Better Tomorrow.” They wouldn’t be scared by a robo call from to tribal members opposing the movement. The Lumbee, by birthright, aren’t afraid to do what is right.
Henry Berry Lowry didn’t fear the Home Guard. Preston Locklear didn’t fear those who opposed the Croatan Indian Normal School. Julian Pierce knew no fear as he battled for Lumbee equality and representation. Today the battle for justice pits Lumbee against Lumbee.
Pierce’s generation is still alive and his work is unfinished. His generals and friends tell me that he would be proud to stand with The Lumbee Revolution.
Other Lumbee warriors in recent decades have been Sim Oxendine, Ray Littleturtle, James B. Chavis, Lacy Maynor, Helen Maynor Scheirbeck, English Jones, Adolph Dial, Ken Maynor, “Tom Boy” Oxendine and the proudest Lumbee of us all — Willie Lowry. I know these warriors would be a part of today’s revolution.
When Julian Ransom took the stage of “Strike At The Wind!” in Robeson County, it was the shot heard round the world as Lumbee people stepped into history. Have the values of the Lumbee weakened so much that while our ancestors would have proudly stood with The Lumbee Revolution, the men and women today fear to do what’s right? As the strength in our blood dies, what then can we expect the fate of future Lumbee generations to be?
The Lumbee Revolution petition to constitutionally recall Paul Brooks is in the hands of 5,000 tribal members. The petition asks to be signed and returned to P.O. Box 2969, Pembroke N.C., 28372, by Friday, March 14. Don’t sign the petition for me. Sign the petition to honor a past without fear and a future with hope.
Eric R. Locklear