African immigrants talk about disconnect with African-Americans | Local News

GARY — Abraham Mellish awed a group gathered Sunday afternoon at the Trinity United Church of Christ when he recited from memory a portion of a speech by Martin Luther King Jr.

Mellish said he came to love the well-known civil rights leader while growing up under very difficult circumstances in war-torn Liberia.

As a result, by the time he immigrated to the United States, he had elevated all African-Americans to a near demigod status. But he quickly discovered that is not the way African-Americans see themselves.

“I’ve been in situations where we’ve been profiled,” Mellish said, describing being pulled out of a car at night by police after doing nothing wrong.

“I was in shock,” he said. “I…

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