Posted April 8, 2016
The recent events, that are and continue to unravel a systemic sickness present at Lexington Catholic High School, have opened up some very fresh wounds in Central Kentucky. At The Key Newsjournal, beyond the anger, alarm, or call to service, we are humbled to the understanding that we, because of our willingness to respond to those in need, we have been prepared by Central Kentucky, all due to fearing non besides God and having the courage to stand when we were asked.
This year (March) marks the ninth anniversary of when we responded to Joyce Bell-Murphy’s call that her son was found hanging in the kitchen of his fraternity house at Georgetown College.
We believed that we were prepared to engage the environment surrounding Remy Okonkwo’s apparent murder, college president (Crouch), administrators, Police, Fraternity members and students.
We believed we were prepared to watch prominent Baptist clergy in Lexington pass us by in cooperation with Georgetown College.
We believed we were prepared to watch the Georgetown NAACP wring its hands, pleading that they could do nothing unless given the permission of lead members in Frankfort and watched the wheels of justice for Mrs. Bell Murphy and her son, Remy, grind to a disappointing silence.
We thought that we were prepared to watch Black people in Lexington, Georgetown, Frankfort, Winchester, Nicholasville, Richmond, Versailles, and Paris go about their day as if it never happened, but we have been strengthened by those like us who never forgot, and never stopped fighting or responding.
We remember the courage of a family member who heard the whisperings of Black folk in Georgetown and unlike them, was not afraid to tell us.
We remember, that when we could not get one member of local clergy to champion the Okwonko/Murphy Family, the great, Rev. Louis Coleman and Mrs. Mattie Jones traveled, from Louisville in response.
We remember how The Justice Resource Center marched into the administration building demanding answers concerning Remy Okonkwo’s death, all five representatives including Remy’s mother.
We remember Rev. Lamont Jones opening the doors of his church for the people of Georgetown to meet and organize when no other Pastors would offer.
We remember that the greatest disappointment was that no one really wanted to believe that a young Black student could be murdered, by hanging, at a college, in Central Kentucky, in 2007.
On behalf of the Murphy/Okonkwo Family, those that have and continue to stand for justice for Black people and the new fearless responders that are growing in preparedness.
On behalf of the memory of Remy Okonkwo, continue to respond, continue fighting.