For an extended period of time I have been greatly disturbed about the number of organizations that receive funds to discuss the multitude of problems that threaten to devour our communities. One recipient stated to me that if the need for rehabilitating addicts, helping inept parents become loving and functioning mothers and fathers, understanding the importance of financial literacy, and other issues would cease to exist there would be no need for their programs.


There exists a multitude of problems that we discuss among ourselves in church, on the job, in fraternity and sorority meetings, drinking coffee or wine, in the home but we become intimidated when the need arises to confront the solutions. Why? A number of the solutions would require an intense look at the policies of your employers, whether it is political or a corporation. To attack the problem in the den of your employment may cost you your job, so the overwhelming majority are locked in and simply nod their heads in agreement when important issues that pertain to your friends, family and neighbors are placed on the table.

Some organizations have multiple grants that, in theory, are to correct our problems and we know who they are, but the problems not only continue to exist, but in some instances, multiply.

If you are truly concerned about the solutions to our problems and want to be an active participant then reserve three hours Sept. 18 and come hear “Hop” Kendrick expound on the solutions to guns, drugs, violence, single parents, unemployment, under employment, high rate of Black incarceration, why politicians disrespect Blacks, and other topics.

If you are intimidated by the truth you should not attend because the entire three hours is predicated on “the truth will set us free.” The third hour will consist of members of the audience presenting what they believe to be a solution, absolutely no speeches. The program will start promptly at 10 a.m.

Location: One Hope Center Address: 1901 Centre Ave.

Time: Sept. 18 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Any questions: call HOP at 412-661-8569

Ask yourself do you care; are you concerned, do you want to make a difference? Then be in attendance.

Tickets are limited.

(Louis “Hop” Kendrick is a weekly contributor to the Forum Page.)

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