The Unity in the Community Movement
"I was sentenced to three years in prison. My son was eight months old at the time. I knew if I didn't change my life, there wouldn't be any hope for my son's future.
I gave my life to Jesus Christ while I was in prison. When I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and asked Him to forgive me of my sins, I felt a type of peace I never felt before. I started studying the Bible and learned the life that I was living is not about me. God tells us to love thy neighbor as we love thyself. I asked God to help me understand my purpose in life and he revealed it to me.
My purpose is teach people in my community not to make the same mistakes I made, prevent kids from going to prison and encourage those who have made mistakes to continue to move forward in a positive way and not dwell on their past mistakes.
I saw there were needs in our community. Kids were committing crimes and using drugs. Parents were neglecting their children. The number of homeless people increased in numbers throughout the community. When I looked on the news, all I saw and heard about was about crime.
I saw division being created between the blacks, whites, and the police department through the media because of the Trevon Martin and Mike Brown cases. Because those situations took place, different movements were created like “BLACK LIVES MATTER,” “BLUE LIVES MATTER,” and “ALL LIVES MATTER.”
I truly believe each one of us has a significant role to play when it comes to creating positive changes. No one person or organization can do it by themselves. There needs to be unification throughout the entire world. The need for unity is national but the mission has to start locally, first starting in our homes and communities. We can no longer talk about change, we have to become the change we want to see in our world. We must teach our children we all come from one race, and that’s the human race. In 2015, we became the change we wanted to see, we created Unity in the Community Movement and started building community-police relationships in our community by serving together in our community."
Founder of the Unity in the Community Movement