We often complain about the multitude of ongoing stories that portray Black men in negative situations, but I’ve always known that the multitudes of our youthful descendants are like Tone Walls. It was truly a meeting that left me thankful on this Thanksgiving Day.

I am a lifetime member of New Destiny C.M.E. Church located at 1018 Bidwell St. on Pittsburgh’s North Side. Our membership is truly a Christian, loving, religious family. The father of the church is Mr. James Addis, an active, loving responsible, reliable, dependable, and trustworthy 94-year-old Christian man. Mr. Addis no longer moves as fast as he use to, does not think as fast as he use to, but the one factor that has not lessened is his overwhelming love for his God, his church and God’s people. On this Thanksgiving Day once again I am thankful.

As I conclude this week’s column once again I am reminded of a favorite poem often quoted by my guy Mal Goode. It was the poem that told the story of an elderly man (Mr. James Addis) who built a bridge across a wide chasm, and when asked why, he responded by saying,  “it will make it easier for the young men (Tone Walls) who will be crossing behind me. ”

Please remember Kingsley Association.

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

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