Take A Stand

We need a positive outlook in these perilous times where justice is challenged and faithfulness seems to be few and far between. However, I strongly believe this weekend was a snippet of hope for our community. Similarly, we witnessed unity in the community. Above all, regardless of your denomination, skin color, or political background, you were found at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. The host pastor Cedric Chambers, president of the D.A.V.I.D. Alliance, reminded us that we are still standing because we have purpose and God has planted you just like a Redwood tree that endures what other trees cannot. For instance, a Redwood tree gets strength from fire while other trees are die, and it can uphold strong winds or floods. (Click here to learn more on redwood trees) Thank God for having His hands on us and providing just what we need while giving us the power to stand.  

Who will take a stand for us?

Similarly, we’re privileged with the presence of political candidates for this year’s election. One of those candidates, Birdia Johnson (VP of Juneteenth Committee) chose to share these words as this months inspiration:

“Transparency and accountability need each together and can be mutually reinforcing. Together they enable citizens to have a say about issues that matter to them and provide them a chance to influence decision making and hold those making decisions accountable. As your district 1 city of Denton City Council candidate, I am committed to ensuring the residents of District 1 are in the know. Transparency, Integrity, and Positive change. (T.I.P) A Vote for Johnson is a Vote for District 1”

-Birdia Johnson City Council Candidate District 1

Community leaders & candidates present in the unity service

Mayor Pro Tem G. Hudspeth, Comm’r Bobbie Mitchell, Police Chief Frank Dixon, & Judge Deborah Jones

Candidates for Office

District 1 Birdia Johnson, District 2 Daniel Clanton, District 5 Rick Baria, District 6 Pastor Jim Mann, Mayor Race- Gerard Hudspeth, Sheriff- Bryan Wilkerson

We hope that you would “TAKE A STAND” and vote

blog written by Anthony R. Caraway


It’s Time

Dr. King once said that “The time is always right to do what is right.” Over the past couple of weeks the news has been filled with tragic news surrounding our youth. So I believe it is imperative that we remember each of us has a responsibility. In Mary McLeod Bethune’s Lat Will and Testament, she said she leaves us a responsibility to our youth.  So, let’s do our part in protecting, training and preparing the next generation to take our places.

There was a period of time where our society thought certain issues were that particular group’s problem. But as Dr. King said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” We can make a difference! Let’s raise our voices against inequities. Let’s stand up for what is right regardless of who is on the side of right. Finally, let’s listen to the voices that are crying for help and stand in the gap. I have committed to making positive change. Michael Jackson’s song lyrics stated, “I’m starting with the man in the mirror,” won’t you join me? In conclusion, Dr. King, said “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Let the positive change begin today.

Written by Cheylon Brown

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.