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Last Thursday, Reverend C L Bryant kicked off his "Content of Character" tour right here in Tampa. The Eye was there to video the event and to hear what Bryant and a panel of some active in our local community had to say. Reverend Bryant is a Baptist minister who was a former president of the NAACP's Garland, TX chapter. He created OneNationBacktoGod.com and is the creator of the highly acclaimed and successful independent documentary Runaway Slave which is about freeing the Black community from the slavery of tyranny and progressive policies.
Here's the entire video that you can watch to hear all that was said and hopefully share with others.
Bryant stated the Black community historically has had great strength in the face of horrific adversity. But is the Black community really free at last?
It's been 50 years since Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech on August 28, 1963 and Bryant decided to celebrate the 50th anniversary by taking his Content of Character event on tour.
Martin Luther Kings's Birmingham jail letter was mentioned by EJ Otero who was on the panel. I suggest everyone read it or read it again and think about what we are experiencing today.
Some general themes and take aways from the Eye:
Reverend Bryant is taking his Content of Character on the road across the country. There will be a panel discussion in every city. We applaud Bryant for driving the conversation and for an open and honest discussion that all Americans need to discuss. You can get Runaway Slave on Amazon. His new movie will be coming out at the end of the year - Red, White and Black. We'll let you know when it's available.
The Eye also attended the Black on Black Crime Townhall that Tampa city councilman Frank Reddick organized last month. We were glad that Reddick took this issue on. Here is the video of that event.
One of the main issues questioned was how to reach the black male youth population. This event was the first of more to come. We are encouraged that our local black community is engaging in an open dialogue for how to address this and the black on black crime issue.