Eulogist Jasper Williams Will Address Blowback From Eulogy

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Journalists Maynard Eaton and Harold Michael Harvey at Salem Bible Church.

Longtime Atlanta preacher Jasper Williams has called a pre-Labor Day press conference on Sunday, September 2, 2018 to address the fierce blowback from the eulogy he performed at the celebration of life services for the “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin just one day ago.

Williams will meet the press at 1pm following church service at the Salem Bible Church in Southwest Atlanta. The eulogy was telecast live via Headline News Network (HLN) and seen throughout the world.

The backlash against Williams was swift and strong. He used his eulogy at the services of one of the most profound civil rights activists and entertainers of the 20th century, as a time to speak candidly and frankly to the Black community.

Williams pivoted away from white America and poured his heart out to what he perceived as the problem with Black America. The public via social media immediately clapped back its disapproval of his message.

Urban Mediamakers replying to our story on the eulogy, “Jasper is culturally conditioned to blame black actions and not the institutional and structural racism that is the foundation of the malfunction of communities.”

Kirsten Hancock wanted to know, “Could messages regarding the black community be communicated differently — maybe by women? Men are not and never have been, the only prophetic voices in the world.”

Dub Cee chimed in, “Two thumbs down. The speech, it wasn’t a sermon, was hot nonsense. It was hateful, condescending and self-righteous. The article didn’t change my mind.”

These were some of the mild reactions to Williams speech. The rhetoric is flowing hot and downright mean in Williams’ direction. He plans to address this harsh blowback two days after delivering his eulogy for the Queen of Soul.

Harold Michael Harvey is an American novelist and essayist. He is a Contributor at The Hill, SCLC National Magazine, Southern Changes Magazine, Medium and Black College Nines. He can be contacted at

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