- Faith & Family
We often speak about the crisis in the Black community because we don’t have strong Black male leaders. I think that we often overlook the obvious. Many Black men are quietly making a difference in our community but because they are not flashy drug dealers or rap stars, they are often overlooked. I would contend that it is the quiet, humble men that we should celebrate. I think on this issue we can take a lesson from Jesus, who was not accepted by many Jews as their long-awaited Messiah, because he was not a rich man or a powerful military leader. Instead he was simply the son of a carpenter from Nazareth. Jesus chose his disciples from the common people.
We recently lost two great men. Most readers will not know either man because they were not movie stars, rap stars, famous televangelists or gridiron greats playing in the Super Bowl. What they did was work hard at ordinary jobs where they gained the respect of their co-workers because they put in a honest day’s work for an honest dollar.
Rodell Allen was a foreman at a construction company and for 30 years, he built structures that would last. He loved his wife of 20 years, he supported and raised his children and he was a deacon at his church. Rodell was not famous, but he touched many people during his lifetime. And he showed young, Black men how to be men. He also taught them how to respect women and showed the world through his actions how to love the Lord. Hopeton Bryan was also a quiet Christian man who worked hard, raised a family, loved one women ‘til death did them part and who worked tirelessly in his church. Both men will be missed because of all they did to help others in their communities.
I think that we as a group should stop asking where are the Black fathers and leaders and start looking towards our neighbors and friends in church who are quietly making a difference.
By Reginald J. Clyne, Esq.
Miam Times columnist