• Mind of a Man Monday: After Darren Seals…What NOW?

    By Gerard McClure Jr.

    Joshua 10:25 And Joshua said unto them, Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage: for thus shall the Lord do to all your enemies against whom ye fight.

    Man this Monday I’m feeling all over the place with my emotions. At one point I’m excited because I’m finishing a big project with Better Family Life that has had positive impact on over 300 youth in the city of St. Louis.

    On the other side of it, I’m extremely nervous, mad and confused. If you haven’t heard there was a brother named Darren Seals who played a deep role as an activist in St. Louis that was killed last week. I didn’t know this man personally but I caught the bigger picture real fast when I attended his candle light vigil the day of the murder.

    It was one of the hardest things emotionally I’ve attended since my Uncle funeral in 2011. Standing next to his mom and girlfriend crying their eyes out hurt my soul deeply and made me shed tears as well. I couldn’t fathom how my mom would feel if I was to be taken out of this life right now. To see so many people affected by this loss Tuesday night was a true wake up call for me.


    There’s so much to accomplish in so little time and I personally pray every day that my journey doesn’t end in the hands of another person or organization. When crazy acts like this happen it makes me question everything as a man. All I want to do is live out my dreams, but the outside distractions may try to hinder that at many times. As Joshua 10:25 stated, you just can’t be afraid to get it done whatever that may be. 

    I appreciate Winnie for putting together the Mind of A Black Man event yesterday that brought young and older brothers together to discuss topics affecting us and how to solve the them appropriately. Moving forward I’m really locking in on the production of the dreams because this life is all I have. Rest In Heaven to the man Darren Seals and any other person who has lost their life in the battle for justice. I thank you all for checking me out today for Mind of a Man Mondays.

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