“Jim Crowe is dead, but he left his children, including James Crowe, Esq.,” said Rev. Dr. Keith Ogden, host pastor at Hill Street Baptist Church. “He’s got the ‘esquire’ after his name because he’s writing policies to keep folks disenfranchised.”
The church hosted a Black Lives Matter service Dec. 14 to remember black lives lost at the hands of police recently in America, and to discuss solutions to the problem, nationally and locally.
“It has not been a good year for black America,” said Ogden. “We’ve witnessed violence over and over again. After the misjustice of the [Eric Garner] grand jury decision Dec. 3. I don’t know how you felt about it Hill Street, but I’m mad. Too often we see this played out and have apathy in our community. For the city of Asheville, this is a call to action.”
Ogden emphasized that he is demanding certain things change, but he wants a peaceful approach. Members of the clergy are scheduled to meet with city and police officials Tuesday morning, Dec. 16, to discuss police protocol when arrests are made. The meeting is open to the public, but comments will not be allowed.