From the Elders
"WE HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY TO YOU"
Standing on our ancestors shoulders is a difficult task at its best, but impossible if no trail is left. We are told that in search of information concerning Christian Education, the pioneer himself, Rev. Greene Fleming, traveled from Center Ridge, Arkansas to Fort Smith, Arkansas, using whatever mode of transportation then available, to obtain it. He then used it in the local church and helped to establish the Cypress Creek District that is still in existence now. This was done in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
They had come out of Laurens Township, Laurens County, South Carolina, looking for a better way and a better day for their descendants.
Leave a clear trail for your descendants, of our faith and believe in God, and mankind. Say it, live it, record it, date it. They were rooted and stayed focus on their goal.
He who travels on the backs of others never knows how far it is to the city.
Ruby Fleming Bell
Fleming Family Creed
(Revised Family Reunion, 2019)
The Fleming Family Creed centers around a commitment to God, people of African origin, and the family. This commitment leads and inspires us to believe in the following:
- God is the head of our family – the source of our strength.
- Respect for all creation. Live harmoniously and peacefully with it.
- Know who we are as people of African origin.
- Believe and exercise the values of persistence, determination, and charity.
- Be knowledgeable in order to make wise decisions. Consequently, study is a necessity. Learning to discriminate between those aspects of life that will impact one negatively or positively is one result of constant study.
- With every right there is an equal responsibility. Understand this: there are decisions to be made, and all have pros and cons. “Every pot has to sit on its own bottom.” (Benjamin Franklin).
- Think! Do not give in to peer pressure at any age.
- One must set his or her own goals and standards for living, and pursue those diligently. Make excellence our trademark. Do what it takes! Implement and execute!
- Work actively toward the support and empowerment of our family, our community, and our people of African origin.
- Aid and assist each other in adversity. Take care of yourself, your elderly, your sick, and your children.
- Nourish our children with a belief in God and in themselves. Encourage, guide, and model for our children to help them discover their God-given purpose.
- We are no better than anyone else; but no one is better than us.
- You have to be completely happy and truthful with yourself in order to be happy with the world.
- Embrace and participate in the core family and extended family concept. Take care of each other.
- Each one teach one. Pay it forward.
- Learn to love yourself in order to love others.
- Value personal relationships over social media relationships. Keep calling, visiting, and caring for each other.
- Don’t allow obstacles to block your destiny.