By Mwalimu-Koh Blonklanjay Jackson Rivercess Man/Creator/Advocate/Lecturer
Merely Considering Ideas
In my common pondering ideas, I reminisced with blended emotions the latest memorial service held on the Rock Worldwide Church in Duarzhon, Margibi County, in honor of Patriot Hon. Jucontee Thomas Woewiyu. In obligatory compliance to my human company, my blended emotions have been bridled by anger and gratitude on the identical time.
Actually, in the course of the memorial even a blind man may really feel that Uncle Tom (as he was affectionately referred to as), throughout his sojourn on this uncompromisingly merciless earth, was a real patriot who was properly confirmed and lived in due type owing to the solemnity of the ceremony and the soberness with which the mourners and celebrants delivered tributes.
The chemistry of the ceremony was precisely seamless telling from the caliber of people that graced the event. There was a visibly stable illustration of the true stalwarts of the core Nationwide Patriotic Entrance of Liberia (NPFL), the breakaway Nationwide Patriotic Entrance of Liberia-Central Revolutionary Council, excessive brasses of the Nationwide Patriotic Occasion (NPP) and an enormous variety of present and former respectable authorities officers, politicians, and venerable residents. By “true stalwarts” I imply males who have been within the trenches with President Taylor in the course of the 14-year civil warfare and its civilian aftermath. The very presence of an enormous variety of NPP members led by Chief Cyril Allen and Hon. John T. Richardson, lent the event the suitable aura and aroma befitting a robust freedom fighter, progressive, patriot, and partisan that was, Uncle Tom. Oh grave, the place is thy victory, loss of life the place is thy sting?
Blended Emotions-The Evil
Albeit the chemistry of the memorial service, my blended emotions have been based mostly on issues over whether or not all of those that jam packed the Rock Church got here to witness the passing of an “evil character of a person” whose good deeds would quickly be interred along with his bones, or to grace the eulogizing of an excellent man who had served so properly that his home-going would go away behind an indelible mark. Had the mourners come to really rejoice a revere character? Had they taken the entrance rows to earnestly bid Tom farewell having thought of his manifold contributions to this persistently challenged motherland? Worse nonetheless, had they arrive to verify their lengthy embodied cravings that Tom would in the future die? Had they arrive with scorn and misdirected grudge that Tom had participated in subversive actions to viciously take away a sitting corrupt Authorities shattering their covetous residing, and due to this fact deserved to die? Had they jam packed Rock church with vindictive and hypocritical mindsets hid underneath their outwardly stunning attires and internally wicked breasts?
You see, instantly Tom’s loss of life was introduced on Fb, there have been a number of posts lamenting his passing on the one hand, whereas some alternatively, chosen to berate a passing Liberian soul who, although might have made humanly errors, had a number of laurels to his credit score. Sure, Tom might have been discovered responsible on 11 of the 16 counts for making an attempt to fraudulently purchase US citizenship; sure, Tom might have been scheduled to serve jail time period; sure, Tom might have appeared an evil character within the latter a part of his life as was being proposed by the Nice United States. The query is, “Was Uncle Tom truly an evil particular person within the true sense of the phrase or an excellent man?”
This brings me to a mirrored image of Mark Anthony’s well-known quote when his buddy Julius Caesar was dethroned and murdered,” Mates, Romans, countrymen, I come to bury Caesar, and to not reward him. For the Evil that males do, lives after them and the great is oft interred with their bones. So let it’s with Caesar” Equally, so let it’s with Jucontee Thomas Woewiyu. I’ve not penned this eulogy to reward Uncle Tom, however to bury him; nevertheless, for the reason that time period “oft” doesn’t imply “at all times” however fairly, “typically”, or “typically”, I take solace that Tom’s “typically good” won’t be interred along with his bones and the evil they are saying he had finished would by no means stay after him.
Blended Emotions-The Good
Fellow Liberians, earlier than Uncle Tom’s “good” could be interred along with his bones, please indulge with me as I mirror for a second. Admittedly, as a daily human, Tom might have erred sooner or later in time in his sojourn, however I can say with confidence that his good deeds converse volumes.
If Tom will ever be appreciated for a “good deed” it will be that he was a basis member of the Progressive Alliance of Liberia (PAL) which battled with the one-party state led by the True Whig Occasion (TWP) of Liberia for many years, and at last at present we now have a profuse variety of political events; when the navy authorities turned civilian started to derail the new-found democracy,
Tom was audacious sufficient to function chief of the NPFL insurgent faction and was among the many “Freedom Fighters” who took up arms to wrestle and dismiss the proposed draconian system; in the course of the peak of the warfare as insurgent faction Protection Spokesman, Tom sacrificed quite a lot of private household security and character to set the b nation state of Liberia throughout “Freedom’s Glowing Flame”; when civility returned underneath President Charles Taylor, Tom served the NPRAG, the Interim Authorities, and the Bassa folks within the legislature as a real Bassaman.
Previous to these companies, Uncle Tom based the Affiliation for Constitutional Democracy in Liberia (ACDL) among the many Liberian expatriate group within the U.S., a corporation that advocated in opposition to the regime of the Samuel Doe, then President of Liberia. Tom can be identified for, at occasions, talking out publicly in opposition to two former Liberian presidents Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Charles Taylor.
However fellow Liberians, despite these “good deeds”, one particular accomplishment that may by no means be interred with Tom’s bones is his place as “Father of Bassa folks in the USA of America” You see, Tom was founding father of the Bassa Affiliation of America. Whereas others these days shied away from being ethnic and indigenous, Tom rose to the event and proposed the institution of a citadel for Bassa folks within the diasporas. As we speak, the United Bassa Affiliation of America (UNIBOA) has turn out to be a beacon of hope for Bassa talking folks within the Diasporas.
I submit, that Tom’s function, as Father of Bassa folks and as function mannequin won’t ever be buried along with his bones. Tom will ceaselessly be remembered as a unifier of the divided, simply as he will probably be memorialized for his chivalry and audacity to behave in tumultuous occasions.
Farewell Uncle Tom. Goodbye. As you go Uncle, go properly. You have got lived life as a typical human being with typical dunces and foibles but you could have balanced these along with your ardour for nation constructing; you could have fought an excellent struggle and have due to this fact completed your course: I salute you the audacious Protection Spokesman; I lock my heels Main Normal Jucontee Thomas Woewiyu, and I do know God will probably be with you until we meet once more on His celestial shores.
However hey Uncle Tom earlier than you permit, wait a minute let me ask those that believed in you to affix me in Lucy Campbell’s, previous favourite Christian hymn “If When You Give the Better of Your Service…” Word the threerd and 4th stanza.
IF WHEN YOU GIVE THE BEST OF YOUR SERVICE
- If while you give one of the best of your service,
Telling the world that the Savior has come,
Be not dismayed when males don’t consider you.
He understands; He’ll say, “Effectively finished!”
O after I come to the tip of my journey,
Weary of life, and the battle is received,
Bearing the workers and cross of redemption,
He’ll perceive and say, “Effectively finished!”
- If you end up tried, so weak and discouraged,
Flip to the cross–see the Father’s personal Son.
Search for in love and say with Your Savior,
“Not my very own will, however Yours be finished.”
- If when this lifetime of labor is ended,
And the reward of the race you could have run;
Oh! the candy relaxation ready for trustworthy,
Will probably be his blest and closing “Effectively finished.” [Refrain]
- However in the event you try to fail in your making an attempt,
Fingers sore and scarred from the work you’ve begun;
Take up your cross, run rapidly to satisfy him;
He’ll perceive; he’ll say, “Effectively finished.” [Refrain]
- Trials will go; they quickly will probably be over.
Ache will probably be gone and the glory begun.
Then we’ll see the King in His magnificence.
Bowing, we’ll hear, “My youngster, properly finished!”
GOOD NIGHT TOM…the lights have been turned off!!
Concerning the Creator:
The Rivecess man Mwalimu-Koh Blonklanjay Jackson is a scholar and advocate skilled at Harvard, St, Joe’s and Yale Universities. He served the Authorities of Liberia as Advisor and Assistant Trainer Schooling Minister for 4 years and returned to non-public apply as Schooling Engineer and Improvement Research Specialist. Mwalimu-Koh was a buddy of Tom’s as they each lived in Philadelphia and have been members of UNIBOA. He could be reached at +231886681315, +23177020645 or [email protected]