Black History Month reminds me of the many times I have been asked to explain the Eagle’s Nest.
My answer is simple: It is a way of life. Its members are boys and girls who became men and women. They are individuals who walked the hallowed halls of Lincoln High School.
They are men and women who went to fight and die for a country, which still had a problem accepting them when they returned.
They endured segregated situations in which many bled “red” blood. We meet in church, at sports events, coffee shops, the Benevolence Club and department stores.
We come together in body and spirit whenever there is a need in our community. We are a unique group because we love and cherish our rich and grand heritage and tradition. Our mascot, the eagle, is a proud bird, and we are proud people.
The eagle is strong and intelligent. We share that trait, as well. The eagle is our national bird and we have always humbly felt that way about our school.
There can be no remembrance of black history without looking back at the accomplishments of Abraham Lincoln High School. Just like the eagle, our instructors prepared us for adult life.
They, like the eagle, would stir the nest when they knew the time was right and we were ready to deal with life in the world. The nurtured eagles had to leave the nest when it was stirred, as well.
The Lincoln Eagles stirred the nest from 1945 through 1970. They were the educators who dared talk about social and economic injustices, the pastors who preached sermons on the changes that were bound to come, and the parents who took a little and stretched it into much.
Because, in part, of the legacy of The Settlement, we refuse to allow the La Marque Independent School District to die. Because of the love that we have for our school district, we have former Tigers standing beside us.
The Eagle’s Nest, in its past and present state, exemplifies how we got over. It was the collective effort of all of us, no matter the race, creed, color or ethnicity. We are also committed to the restoration of Simms, Highlands, and Inter City elementary schools.
We will continue to magnify Black History Month because it causes us to reflect on our past, present and future. We are greatly concerned about our community college. It was founded for the educational and economic well-being of our residents. However, some residents may lose their jobs while others receive substantial raises. We stand ready to support our educational institutions and there founding principles.
It has been said that, “If you do not stand for something, you will fall for anything.”
The Rev. James E. Daniels of Texas City is founder and chairman of the Eagle’s Nest Community Organization.