By the time I was nineteen, I was extremely bitter, angry, volatile … violent. I had become a kleptomaniac I was addicted to stealing everything around me. I was heavily on drugs and had really pushed everybody out of my life do to my own behavior.
- Tisa's Story
"The only good white man is a dead one," according to Herb's father. After joining the Black Panthers to follow that motto, it was inconceivable that Herb would eventually be in leadership at a multi-racial church led by a white pastor.
- Herb's Story
Carrie prostituted herself for drugs. As a registered nurse, educated and articulate, she never expected to go so low.
- Carrie's Story
My father took a baseball bat from the corner of the room and started beating my mother over the head, face, and upper body.
The darkest day of my life was the day the lowered her body into the ground.
- Ealum's Story
From the very beginning my real dad told me he loved me, but left. He may have loved me, but I don’t know. Then a step dad came in, and said he loved me and my mom, but would also tell me to not tell. It started with fondling and groping, then straight in to sexual intercourse. When my mother and I came along, new to the town he was looked at as the knight in shining armor for taking in this young woman and her child when his children were already grown. He had the reputation of being a very good upstanding citizen.
- Lori 's Story