Lily Percy. “Pastor, Mentor And Social Activist: Remembering Gordon Cosby.” Remembrances WAMU 88.5
In “Pastor, Mentor And Social Activist: Remembering Gordon Cosby,” Lily Percy celebrates the life of Pastor Gordon N. Cosby. In this obituary note, Percy gathers statements from a wide array of friends of Reverend Cosby. Cosby founded the first interracial Church in Washington DC and devoted his life to social change in the city. He made a huge impact to the community around him. Jim Wallis a prominent Christian writer said, “Many people have never heard of him, but he shaped the vocations of so many of us that he shaped the church more than any pastor of his generation.” In other words, Wallis beliefs that Cosby was one of the most influential reverends of that time period in America. His lifelong work was impacting community culture.
I plan to use Lily Percy obituary note on Reverend Gordon Cosby as an exhibit of all the positive actions done by this great man. The testimonies of his friends and specialists on religion will be put in conversation with argumentative and methodic sources. It is important to situate this type of quotes with historic facts that validate the work done by Reverend Cosby in Adams Morgan. Potters House is one of the most tangible representations of his life work.
Doubt, Keith. “The Rhetoric of History.” American Journal of Sociology, vol. 95, no. 2, 1989, pp. 221–238., www.jstor.org/stable/2780954.
In “The Rhetoric of History,” Allan Megill and Donald N. McCloskey explore the rhetoric used to write history and persuade them. More categorically, how history is worded to act as a form of persuasion. For example, behind of the rhetoric used in history there is a “dependence on value, judgement and individual insight.” (221) In other words, Megill and McCloskey believe that there is a certain change in the way history is written due to personal biases from historians. For both authors, history that is not written with rhetoric loses the true conversation of humankind.
In the Build Environment Analysis project I have worked with many historical sources. After reading “The Rhetoric of History,” I learned how they should be treated when brought in conversation with each other. Historians have a great importance in the way history transcends and how is understood in future generations. There is a considerable amount of ambiguity in historical writings, that is something I should take into account when working on the analysis. Rhetoric is a fundamental part of history writing and being resilient about that idea will be naive.