We have arrived, safe and sound. Tired, full, and incredibly excited.
From the outside it didn't look like much, no big signs or tapestries. Nothing felt like much until I took my seat and the deacon started talking. I couldn't understand him very well, but just his tone and talk told me how experienced and enthusiastic he was about what he was doing. When we sang I felt like we went back in time and I started seeing in black and white. When the Pastor and Mrs. Shuttlesworth started speaking I felt history parade into the room like the fourth of July.
Mrs. Shuttlesworth said her calling was to be a teacher but she gave that up for Reverand Shuttlesworth. Now she teaches people about Reverand Shuttlesworth. Perhaps if something is truly calling you it will come back even after it has been given up.
Listening to Mrs. Shuttlesworth was very inspiring. I really enjoyed it when she was explaining that what you do as the purpose of your life comes to you. Now I know to not limit myself, and when that purpose comes to me I will know that that is what I am meant to do in this lifetime.
As I stare at the pavement
a sensation comes over me.
A needle tearing through
revealing but a single drop of blood
my own blood.
The same color held high
while storming into battle
the same color to be accompanied
by blue and white.
And through this single drop I bled
I see that we all bleed
We Sing at Historic Bethel Baptist Church with Mrs. Shuttlesworth and Deacon Gunn
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Historic Bethel Baptist Church.
Deacon Aldrich Gunn
Singing at Bethel Baptist
Reverend Wilder, current Pastor of Bethel Baptist
Mrs. Sephira Shuttlesworth
The best way to address racism
Ira gives his speech in Reverend Shuttlesworth's voice from his pulpit
Sweet songs of hope and memory
Mrs. Shuttleworth made a strong impression and answered many questions
Time to eat - HELLO DREAMLAND