The past and the future came together beautifully at CAAP’s recent grand opening of its new Houston office. While we paid tribute to everything that has brought us to this point, we also charted a course for the future of our organization.
If you want to know what’s next for CAAP – how we are brining our focus to education, choice, and defending the rights of parents (while still championing Biblical principles) – then I strongly suggest you watch the video of our grand opening.
But to get a wonderful perspective on our past, I highly recommend this article from the Katy Times, which mentions the grand opening, then goes on to explore Bill’s experience in the civil rights movement.
In the article, Bill describes how, “down to earth,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was, then remembers the days following King’s assassination and his own decision to avoid any violence or rioting:
“I walked out of his office,” Owens said. “A man came down the hall and asked me, ‘Have you heard the news? They shot Dr. King.’ We had to try to find out what happened. We didn’t know what happened, and then it was all on the news. Some folks got together and decided to have a riot.”
James Earl Ray was arrested and convicted of the murder. He died in 1998. Percy Foreman of Houston was Ray’s attorney. Owens said a lot of Black people were mad and wanted to fight, but he never went that course.
“I was not going to get violent,” Owens said. “I’m not a violent person. We were in grief, yes but to retaliate, no. They knew if you went to arms, you were not going to win. The white people had all the firepower in everything. People of sound mind knew better because you knew you weren’t going to win.”
In the interview, Bill goes on to stress the importance of education and fatherhood – two of CAAP’s biggest priorities. He even gives away the secret to our ability to tell uncomfortable truths, explaining that, “With my age and experience, you fear nobody because you come from a place where you know what you’re talking about.”
It’s a moving article, and I encourage you to read it in full to understand the rich history behind our movement for faith and family.
Finally, I want to take a moment to thank everyone who has already pledged to become a supporting member of CAAP. Your dedication and commitment will help us accomplish great things in the coming year. If you have not yet joined, please visit our membership page and consider which membership level will best fit your budget. On the donation page, you’ll be able to pick from multiple payment methods, including credit card, bank transfer, electronic check, and ACH.
Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support. We are so grateful for you.