Chatter That Matters: November 21, 2012

caines | 11/22/2012, 5 a.m.

Kudos go out to Torian Cox, president of the Sigma Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. for his presentation at the Achievement Week Annual Activities 2012. It started with a fish fry at the Omega Activity Center and then followed with forums targeting seniors at Miami Carol City, North Miami, Miami Jackson, Miami Central, Miami Northwestern and Booker T. Washington. The most sacred activity was the Walk For Peace/Candlelight Vigil that started at Mt. Tabor MBC in Liberty City. It was led by Cox, Dr. Larry Handfield, Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, Dr. Carl Johnson, Stephen Thompson, Leslie Gamble, Dr. Thomas Snowden, Quincy Cohen, Nerissa Cannon and 9-year-old Destini Nicholas who along with his mother came to witness father, Dezman, rap about his once-troubled life and current devotion to God. The walk to end gun violence included Chris Norton, the Northwestern Marching Band led by Chris Robinson with Dr. Johnson as emcee who introduced Handfield, coordinator of the event. Johnson challenged the parents to raise their children with God in mind. It was a more impacting experience when a family joined the march and thanked the marchers for their prayers and support in light of their sons recent murder taking place just a few blocks away from the school. Others in attendance were: Warren Ferguson, Ronald Maycock, Ted B. Ranks, G. Range, Elaine Black, Daryl Branton, Kelvin Hudson, Nathaniel Jones, J.T. Favernier and the male choir from 93rd Street Baptist Church who all sang To God Be The Glory to inspire Johnson. The football fans of Miami Jackson and Miami Northwestern filled Traz Powell Stadium last Friday for the Annual Soul Bowl. Coach Stephen Field said after the game, A win is a win and we played a lot of guys tonight, there was no doubt we were going to be okay. Northwestern created much excitement with a 21-13 win. The life of Master Henry, III, ended after losing a three-year bout with cancer. He had an extraordinary relationship with his maternal grandmother, Patsy B. Sampson, who preceded him in death. Henry was a member of 100 Black Men Mentoring Program with an affinity for the arts, medicine and reading his Bible. During his illness, he wrote a hopeful poem entitled I am. He will be missed by a host of family members. By Dr. Richard Strachan