From the chair – There are many ways to honor the birthday – and more importantly – the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King. This year we decided to do it in what we feel is a special way – duplicate his model.

It may surprise you that Dr. King’s approach defined him as a conservative. His faith-based values, belief in self-governance, and dedication to natural moral rights are all tenets of conservatism. He was antagonistic to liberal rejection of faith, commitment to big government over big people and preference for man-made constraints over natural law.

In contrast to so many voices today, Dr. King sought to bring people together. He rejected methodologies that tore people apart of seduced them into destructive behaviors like anger and violence.

As a means to duplicating Mr. King’s walk, one of this year’s BCGOP priorities is to reach across racial, cultural and country of origin boundaries to engage with other conservatives. We have an action committee devoted to that agenda and are connecting personally. We need help and prayers with this effort – done right, it is not done easy.

We’re also placing ads in some of our local papers with a specific mission of minority outreach. The Urban News, Asheville Daily Planet, Asheville Tribune and La Noticia are all running ads for us throughout the month of January. Print media is expensive – it’s also powerful and effective and we think it’s worth it. In each case the editors of these respective papers have been very considerate of our effort.

The Buncombe Republican Party and our Minority Outreach Committee (Pratik Bhatka, Melody Koebernik & Carl Mumpower) recognize that our limited resources are precious – and should be invested wisely in equally precious endeavors.

Please note that this is not an effort to convert those with a liberal view to our way of thinking. That’s what our debate program and other information sharing efforts are about. In this case we’re trying to reach out to conservative minded minorities who deserve to have a safe and supportive place to express and expand their conservative values. Again, we’re drawing from Dr. King in this effort-

“My friends,” Dr. King said in a Detroit sermon, “all I’m trying to say is that if we are to go forward today, we’ve got to go back and rediscover some mighty precious values that we’ve left behind. That’s the only way that we would be able to make of our world a better world, and to make of this world what God wants it to be. . . .”

The ad copy below (thanks to Matt Mumpower for his assistance) pretty well sums up what we are doing, how, and why. It also gives you some good reasons to help out. Thanks for giving this effort your consideration. We can’t do it without you.



“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.

Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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