This morning I was driving to the bank and listening to the Tom Joyner morning show. They were discussing how Michael Vick was supposed to come on the show and had declined at the final hour. Who knows why and what does it really matter. What grabbed me by the throat was what Tavis Smiley had to say. He spoke of how the maturation of Mr. Vick potentially had begun. He waxed poetic about how Mr. Vick ended his statement with, “I will redeem myself.” There was nothing new about those words but what Tavis said will always stay with me, because I truly believe in those words. Always have. He basically said that true redemption would have nothing to do with whether Vick ever played in the NFL again and that he didn’t need the football commissioner or the owner of the Falcons to redeem him. True redemption is a soul thing and once he is truly redeemed it won’t matter a whit whether he ever plays ball again. Amen. If he doesn’t, there are so many youngsters in Virginia, Atlanta or any other city who he can work with and make a difference in their lives. Tavis’s final words were that, ‘True redemption is about Michael Vick’s own maturation.” Well now.
I used to tell my students at Job Corps upon their graduation that it didn’t matter where they were from, or from whence they had come, but where they were and where they were going. My boss once asked me why did I like the bad boys so much. He was actually talking about Allen Iverson at the time, who, he seemed to abhor. I told him quite simply this, ‘There is nothing more appealing to me than a reformed, redeemed brother, someone who has been through some stuff and has come out on the other side. Lawd have Mercy! Everyone else can have the perfect, never done nothing, ain’t seen a thing brother. As Betty Shabazz once said about Malcolm X, “I want a man who is ready, when Malcolm came to me he was ready.” Hear, hear my sister. So if Michael meant what he said and is truly about redeeming himself, he has much to offer…maybe this is just what the doctor ordered. Only time will tell.
Love and Blessings…
Angelia Vernon Menchan
Angelia Vernon Menchan is an author, publisher and public speaker who owns two publishing companies, MAMM Productions and Honorable Menchan Media. Mrs. Menchan is also a Budget Officer and former Job Corps Counselor. To date she has published eighteen books of her own work, both fiction and non-fiction and more than forty ebook novellas on amazon.com. You can access her bibliography on www.amazon.com search words: Angelia Vernon Menchan
Menchan has also published the work of seven other authors to date and has several publishing projects upcoming in 2013 to include a children's book, Little Wing by biologist, Erin Gawera, Honorable Menchan Poets 2013 by Dictator, Genesis and Creammy Mocha and a breast cancer memoir by Lena Jordan.
She is becoming a sought after speaker for young women audiences because she speaks honestly, straight and open to the issues that plague them such as teen pregnancy, the importance of education and making life impacting choices.
Kim Floyd of Real Mommies Read, a part of the Spartanburg Public Library says:
Angelia's ability to help our teen moms see themselves as she did was a special gift. She instilled within them a desire to make better choices, take control of their bodies and their lives. They realized their pasts didn't have to determine their futures. Angelia let them know their worth.
Mrs. Menchan is available for speaking engagements; book signings and discussions. She resides in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband and graphic designer, Maurice Menchan
Phone numbers: 904 714 2272 904 303 2679