One is Brooklyn's own Rev. Herbert Daughtry [photo], pastor of the House of the Lord Pentecostal Church, who has also raised the tone of his voice to (what many considered) discomforting levels, as he assailed the killings of young black men by police and (years ago) the discriminatory practices of the big stores on Fulton Street in Downtown.
Likely he never took God's name in vain as he emoted from the pulpit, but surely Rev. Daughtry many times used analogies between the KKK and governmental powers-that-be.
His activism continues into the present time and includes arrests at demonstrations, as well as travels to the conflict-ridden countries in the Middle East and Africa.
But here's the point: Rev. Daughtry's daughter Leah [photo to right], deeply steeped like her father (and, she acknowledges, because of her father) in the Pentecostal Christian faith, is one of the most powerful people in the national Democratic Party, and the party is relying on her to attract more voters who put the teachings of Jesus Christ high (on top, actually) of their list of things to follow.
"It's no accident that Daughtry, a Pentecostal pastor, heads the team that will put on her party's biggest show [the Convention] in Denver . . . and is the right-hand woman to Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean," said the Rocky Mountain News in an article about her.
Rev. Daughtry and other black preachers have been like voices in the wilderness, saying loudly those things that others are thinking but don't have the inner power to say.
Their words are often controversial and maybe even offensive to some whites. But they are words steeped in connection to past sufferings of their people, and a desire to reach a better place.