Apostle Frederick K.C. Price, a prominent Black televangelist and head of the Crenshaw Christian Center in Inglewood, California, died of COVID on Friday.
The brief obituary in the New York Times doesn’t mention, for some reason, that in 2008, Price and several other Black pastors put together an “army” of children to march in the streets to urge other Black people to vote against marriage equality.
… The smiling children had been dismissed from school for the event. Banners read, “For Children. For Families. For Our Future.”
Apostle Frederick K.C. Price, one of the nation’s more prominent black televangelists and leader of the 22,000-member Crenshaw Christian Center, ordered the children into the streets as the army in his own personal jihad against gay marriage. Marriage was defined by God as a union between a man and a woman, he said, and to change that definition would “jeopardize our children’s future.”
It’s appalling that this celebration of hate and bigotry isn’t in the first paragraph of any description of his life. He amassed incredible power within the church, and he used it to hurt people by trying to deny them equality using the Bible to deflect from criticism.
We’re a better country today because we didn’t listen to him.
As far as I can tell, he never apologized for those beliefs. But let’s not pretend that any account of his life should overlook one of his most public acts of oppression.