Until we can understand violence is not normal and we continue to dismiss black-on-black murder we will lose many valued souls. In the nation’s capital, around where I live many people go to bed every night with the sound of gunshots ringing in their ears, afraid to let their children come out and play. Elderly people cannot go sit on their porch for fear of being killed like Mrs. Lucas Silence will not help this. Black People have two terrible problems. Them and Us and until we solve both we be merely surviving and not thriving.

Live in Faith as Goshenites

Change your address to 91 Goshen PLACE. When the Pharaoh would not let the Enslaved Hebrews go, God sent plagues, flies, turned their water to blood, killed their first born, but none of the plagues hit Goshen, which was a place where his people the Hebrews lived. So in Psalms 91 promises believers, “A thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand ..because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your dwelling place. No Evil shall befall you nor shall any PLAGUE COME NEAR YOUR DWELLING. So let us live in faith as Goshenites.

Dr barbara reynolds speaks at Taylor university

The speech I gave this year at Taylor University, a predominantly white evangelical university in the Indianapolis suburb, was perplexing yet rewarding. I understood that white evangelicals voted more than 80 percent for Trump in 2016. I came there with a disdain for all who would dare vote for Trump as president, but I left feeling somewhat like Coretta King, my mentor, who could see the good in everyone.

Get out and vote

Roadblocks were set up for us and we thought we would never see our parents again. We did make it, but many blacks and whites died fighting for that right to vote. So when I hear blacks say they are not going to vote, I hope they know that right was paid for in blood. To squander it or not use it gives that power to those who want to destroy us. And silence also speaks, one of the worst crimes of all when the good people do nothing.