In the latter part of 1969, several Black men had the foresight to see into the future and know that Black people needed an organization that would truly listen to the grievances of Black people while being fair-minded with everyone without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, social, or economic status.
Stanley O. Gaines, Arthur F. Joe, Sr., Al Lipscomb, Don Johnson, Ed Washington, and Dr. Emerson Emory, along with the help of several others, chartered Black Citizens for Justice, Law, and Order or BCJLO. BCJLO was organized in Dallas, Texas.
BCJLO is a non-profit, civil rights organization founded 40 years ago to provide a bastion of strength and unity to people when they have perceived that they have been abused.
The race abuse hotline and race abuse support groups are just some of the aspects of BCJLO. BCJLO also helps people to deal constructively rather than destructively with their anger, hurt, and frustration.
It has been said that racism is only relative to those that it affects. Well, this is true to a large degree, however, racism only affects an entire society when practiced. The perpetrator suffers because of denial and the aggrieved suffers because of powerlessness. Therefore, it is a no-win situation.
We truly look forward to the day, when we all can really be a part of the land of the free and the home of the brave; when one can feel free to speak up about injustices and abuses instituted upon them without fear of retaliation, intimidation, or being ostracized.