On August 26, 1960 in Union Mississippi, Dr. Germany founder of Bay Ridge Christian College was ambushed by thirty Klansmen!
Bay Ridge Christian College wishes to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the attempted assassination on the life of Dr. J. Horace Germany in his mission to provide educational opportunities to students who would not otherwise have access. He was a true civil rights activist of his time. Bay Ridge Christian College is planning a year- long observance of his sacrificial service.
In his book, At Any Cost, Dr. Germany gives the account of how the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, a government state funded racist department, through the Ku Klux Klan planned his assassination with the goal to “kill (him) and scatter that so-called Bible College to the wind.” The Commission’s files on Dr. Germany can be viewed online at http://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/sovcom/index.php
“So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do to me.” Hebrews 13:6
On August 26, 1960 in Union Mississippi, Dr. Germany was ambushed by thirty Klansmen while driving in his truck. He was beaten for forty-five minutes to a state of unconsciousness. Believing he was dead they placed his body under his truck and then set piles of lumber also underneath on fire. The mob left him with the assurance his death would not be investigated.
“He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.” Psalm 91:11
With no one coming to his assistance although there were many spectators, Dr. Germany regained consciousness and was able to lift his battered body into the truck bed and drive himself to the safety of Bay Ridge staff, students and his family. He was cleaned up enough to take to a doctor in Meridian , Mississippi who knew of a Catholic hospital that would treat and protect him. When the Klan found out that Dr. Germany was not dead, they set out to find him to finish the job. The nuns in the hospital took him into the attic of the hospital and hid him where he remained for nine days to recuperate.
No man can change God’s purpose….His word says “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” We salute Dr. J. Horace Germany!!
Bay Ridge Christian College-Brothers Gonna Work it Out !
Video depicts crisis in urban and other areas affecting plight of African American males in America. “It is estimated that every 42 seconds of every school day an African American male drops out of high school” (Ebony Magazine, Sept. 2010). Bay Ridge Christian College in Kendleton, Texas is poised to be the solution as it will be second postsecondary institution in the Nation with African American male educational focus utilizing a two-year model. Scheduled re-opening Fall 2012.
To learn more about Bay Ridge Christian College visit the website at www.bayridgecollege.org