Sixteen (16) men and boys connected over breakfast and discussed barriers that separate the generations. This discussion was led by Bro. Lamotte Chandler and gave ideas on how to bridge the gap. Men ranging in ages 30’s-70’s and boys 8-14 offered insights and concerns that lay the groundwork for progress.
It was also an event of fun. Teams were formed to play a ball toss game and the winning team was awarded copies of the “Black Tech” book written by Theresa Merritt-Watson. Rev. Dennis Marshall highlighted a few examples from the book of the 14 brilliant black inventors and technology innovators typically not mentioned in school history classes.
Pastor Wendell Hall closed out the event by challenging everyone to walk the talk, because hypocrisy and lack of respect are the greatest barriers expressed by the youth. He also encouraged everyone to know the bible so that we are properly instructed on how to live life well. Attendees’ feedback was very positive.
During the meeting, the attendees presented Pastor Hall with a blanket that had the following text silkscreened on it, “TO OUR PASTOR, in infinite wisdom, the Lord surely knew that we would need a pastor as faithful as you. A love of God’s Word and a heart for his flock, you give of yourself and stand on the rock. We appreciate you.”
Special thanks to Bro. Lamotte Chandler (discussion leader), Nyair Stanford (photographer and assistant), and the culinary team (Mya Holloman and Diane Phillips).