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Former inspirational poet now a church elder

Terry F. Newton says his life changed after 9/11

Gigi Tinsley | 9/12/2013, 11:13 a.m.

It was in 2001 that Terry Fernando Newton of Coconut Grove introduced himself to The Miami Times. He was a poet who promoted the unification of cultures and wanted to publish some of his healing, inspirational poetry. After the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York, Newton sent a poem to a reporter in New York City and to Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

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Terry F. Newton

Later that year, in October, Giuliani sent a note of thanks to Newton and addressed it “Dear Friend.” A copy of the poem was sent to President George Bush and in November, Newtown received a note from the President himself. The note read, “In the aftermath of this unimaginable tragedy, New Yorkers and Americans have united as never before. We are now more than ever the land of the free and the home of the brave. Thank you for your support and God bless America.”

Newton says, “I then began receiving notes from all over the nation asking me to allow them to interview me about my writings on healing and promoting tolerance. I turned all of them down. Then one day I made a call to The Miami Times.”

The December 12-18, 2001 issue of The Miami Times would feature an article [written by this writer] about Newton’s notoriety including a statement issued by Newton that read: “Anything sent to me has to include the phrase, ‘God Bless America.’”

What about today? Newton, a 33-year veteran with Jackson Health System where he is currently an imaging specialist with the finance department, became an elder at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Coconut Grove. He serves under the spiritual leadership of the Rev. Rudolph Daniels, senior pastor.

Newton adds that he is still an avid reader of The Miami Times.