This column is dedicated to the memory of two proud Black men—John H. Adams and Richard M. Adams Sr.


Their last names are the same, but they are not biologically related, however they lived by common denominators. They were both concerned, committed, Black men who epitomized love of family, community and were God-fearing men.

I never heard either of them vilify another human being, but always focused on the best in the individuals. Both of these men were soft-spoken, never loud or braggarts, and always dealt with things in a positive way.


They made an everlasting impression on all they came in contact with. I recalled a passage titled HOPE and it is an excellent reflection to conclude this week’s column for this is what they both truly believed.

“There are many of us brimming with hope and anticipation for the future but there are too many more who have given up.

It may take daily positive thinking to convince ourselves that we, individually, are special, gifted, deserving people. We can personally inspire others by exorcising our demons, our cynicism, our destructive habits—and by acknowledging the value inside our hearts and heads, and putting it to good use.”

Please remember Kingsley Association.

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

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